Photographers Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression have spent a great deal of time in the no-go zone around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Facility which suffered a melt down in 2011. Their second set of pictures, revealed in this wonderful and informative article from Slate.com, is called Bad Dreams and seeks to portray the sense of loss and numbness which has descended over the region. Surrealistic images of trees wrapped in plastic and residents standing in transparent bubbles, all produced without Photoshop or manipulation, make visible the invisible damage done to nature and to human lives. These are magnificent and intelligent shots, capturing the gravity of the situation without hype and panic.
Recent news of the massive amount of contaminated water leaking into the Pacific Ocean from this site reminds us that the radioactive pollutants involved are at work transforming our world. This is indeed a nightmare, but not one humanity can wake from anytime soon.
3 thoughts on “Nightmares of Fukushima: Bad Dreams by Carlos Ayesta and Guillaume Bression via Slate”
Stunning and very moving photographs.
I was so astonished that they staged them instead of using Photoshop.
Just goes to show.