In in 1946, the United States conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in what’s known as Operation Crossroads. A total of two bombs were detonated to test the effects nuclear blasts had on naval warships. The second, named Baker, was the world’s first nuke to be detonated underwater. Due to the unique properties of underwater explosions, the Baker test produced a number of unique photographs that the world had never seen before.
The blast lifted two million tons of water and sand into the air, creating a column 6,000 feet tall, 2,000 feet wide, and with walls 300 feet thick.
The Louvre during the War - Photographs 1938-1947 by Pierre Jahan
Couple In Voodoo Trance, 1956, Weegee
Douglas Fairbanks boosting Charlie Chaplin to promote the Liberty Loan at a Wall Street Rally. New York, 1918.
Piet Mondrian, Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow, 1930
Joachim Fleinert / The Things Our Ancestors Didn’t Know
I am a collector with an interest in our cultural and historical understanding of our ancestors. My collection consists of photographs found at flea markets, antique stores and charity shops. They all portray anonymous people and are taken by unknown photographers
With a special interest in glass negatives from the beginning of 20th century I experiment with these fragile objects in different variations and forms. By trying to understand their values, those who once were in the pictures and the story they give us, I am ending up asking the question: do we really know what we are looking at and why?
The Things Our Ancestors Didn’t Know
Sometimes the content of an image is not so important, it is more how we read them that makes the picture.
We are constantly bombarded of information and signals in an every day basis, whenever we are looking at a picture in a newspaper, an advert in a public space or in a simple memory in a photo album. In facts most of the cases we are completely unaware of the small details an image may contains. However we are raised to question these signals we read and in different ways, all depending of the world where our own world is moving from. Better described as an extra invisible layer of self-knowledge.
This series of images is an attempt to recreate fragments of this invisible layer. Because of my Danish background the text appears in Danish and with my dreaming mindset, I try to raise the question: is there really a correct way of understanding a picture?
Launch of an SM-65A Atlas from LC-12, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, 20 February 1958