60 min 24 h 200 000 years Thanksgiving somewhere close to Turkeypoint - A analogue photo showing the view from the nuclear power plant Turkeypoint near Miami in the direction of the open sea towards the Bikini Atoll that served in the 1940 and 50s as a test site for nuclear Bombs, has been exposed for 24 h to radioactive material.The Bikini Atoll was the site of numerous US nuclear weapons tests in the 1940s and 1950s and has been radioactively contaminated ever since. Over time, the corals, plants and animals ingested and thus archived the radioactive material produced during the tests as they grew. In Miami, the Turkeypoint Nuclear Power Plant is located directly on the shoreline and has been reported for several leaks of radioactive material in the ocean over the last decades - a kind of secretion process releasing toxic material, that produces radiationfor hundreds of years finding its way into the food chain - 60 min 24 h 200 000 years Thanksgiving somewhere close to Turkeypoint connects the two places the Bikini Atoll and The Turkeypoint power Plant. The global ecosystem is facing climate change induced rising sea level. That makes both regions hi risk targets for global desasters. Both exposure times of the photographic material are measures closely related to the human perception of timescale in contrast to the nuclear decay Time of 200 000 years witch is far beyond human imagination. Both the long-term exposure and the multi exposure to the radioactive material captures time. So to say the time is storaged and shapes the image. The long-term exposure over 60 minutes captures the place the moving ocean and thus blurres it to a degree of abstraction, as it were, "every place". The exposure to the radioactive material for 24 hours leaving leaves cloudy traces on the image. Thanksgiving as a day of celebrating harvest ist a hint towards the dangers of radioactive poisons entering the food chain and finally accumulating in the human body. The Photo was shot on Thanksgiving 2018.


© Markus Hoffmann