Ghosts of the Manhattan Project
Coming from Germany to find oneself living in the Secret Cities of the Manhattan Project is uncomfortable. Atomic Nostalgia, the blur between memory and propaganda, history and guilt have intrigued me for a long time. The pandemic made me translate this interest into photography. "Ghosts of the Manhattan Project" is a series about the remnants of the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge. It used to be the largest building in the world, built in record time in 1943 to enrich Uranium for the atomic bombs. It is demolished now, apart from Portal 4, the entrance station that started it all. The layered images, combining the archive of Ed Westcott for the DOE with my own observations, are meant to puzzle the viewer and encourage further research. They invite a critical form of nostalgia, hinting at unsolved questions and lost utopias. This is an ongoing exploration.