Paintings about Nevada Test Site
The Nevada National Security Site includes the craters of over 1000 nuclear bombs, about 65 northwest of Las Vegas. An epitome of the 'apocalyptic sublime', it has been the subject of my paintings and drawings since 2009.
Source Images of Nevada Test Site
As a painter, I use historical photographs of Nevada National Security Site (aka Nevada Test Site) as source material for my paintings (examples here and here). Finding suitable source imagery is often quite a challenge; most published photographs of nuclear tests focus on spectacular explosions (mushroom clouds, etc), while my focus is on the subsidence craters created by underground tests. Although the imagery I'm interested in is not classified, it is often archived and in some cases, forgotten.
-Eric LoPresti, 9/2014
Source photos from the National Photographic Archives, in College Park, Maryland
Source photos from Los Alamos National Library
With thanks to Alan Carr, LANL Historian