Photographer's Note

I have been meaning to post this photo for a couple weeks now. Ever since I read of the death of Paul Tibbets on November 1, 2007 I wanted to post this photograph. Paul Tibbets was the commander of the B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay which dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. I took this photo at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum which focuses on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The most tragic event in our history. It is unknown how many people have died from this bombing, but it is estimated 70,000 people died from the initial explosion, with 9 out of 10 people dead in a half-mile radius from ground zero.

Yet, Paul Tibbets has always claimed he has "no regrets" over the bombing. No regrets killing over 100,000 people. In fact, he actually re-created the bombing at an air-show in Texas in 1976. Talk about tasteless. Well, he passed away still happy with his duties carried out.

The bomb was so powerful, it froze many clocks and watches eternally etching the time of the horrific event at 8:15am (I have posted a workshop showing a close-up of the watch in the case). In the morning when people were walking to school, riding bicycles to work.

The museum is very powerful, and only the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C. evoked such emotions in me. I learned many terrible details about the bombing, including how the United States chose Hiroshima because it hadn't been previously bombed in the war. They wanted the full effects of the atomic bomb to be evident to the world. The museum is filled with young children, foreigners, Japanese, and school groups. The photo is a bit blurry, as lighting was low, and I wasn't particularly looking for photo opportunities, but I noticed this lone woman looking at this powerful image and snapped it. I can't recommend this museum enough. I unfortunately arrived one day after the 62nd anniversary of the bombing, and missed the ceremony.

We've seen the destruction these bombs wreak. Yet, today we have countries pursuing nuclear weapons, and countries still having them as deterrents. When will these be used again? When will the world be safe?

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