California-based photographer Clay Lipsky's photo series illuminates the legacy of atomic tests. Growing up at the height of the Cold War, Lipsky's media landscape was filled with the horrifying threat of nuclear war. Using this as inspiration, he created the 'Atomic Overlook' series. By recontextualizing these bomb tests within the voyeuristic culture of today, Lipsky imagines how audiences would react to them in this digital era. His theory is that these tests would, in fact, draw in crowds as if they were a tourist attraction.
The series keeps the destructive nature of bombs fresh and omnipresent in our supposedly post-atomic era because, as Lipsky states on his website, "the threat of atomic weapons is as great as ever, but it is a hidden specter." In the photo series, Clay Lipsky reawakens a fear of these mass weapons as the world hopes to never feel the wrath of such a destructive force.
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