The first atomic bomb was exploded here on July 16, 1945, in the presence of hundreds of scientists at distances of 10,000+ yards. My father’s premature death from radiation poisoning is what fuels my photography of atomic weapons test sites.

In visiting the site, it looks as though a giant boxing glove punched the ground to create a bowl. The melted legs for part of the original tower are behind the monument, and a short distance away is a piece of preserved ‘Trinitite’ glass made when the heat of the bomb melted the sand. My Dad the geology professor had a small piece of it on his desk.

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