These photos were initiated by a group show centered around the Idaho National Laboratories, a nuclear research facility located in the south-eastern Idaho desert. The structures are a dot on the landscape but their location above the Eastern Snake River Aquifer spreads their potential impact over ten thousand square miles.
Watching Tarkovsky’s film and reading the Strugatsky brothers’ Roadside Picnic, I entered the quiet area above the aquifer as a Stalker, driving through the surrounding desert, through the towns where INL employees lived, and through farmland irrigated by the aquifer. I thought about terraforming and the domestic black and white images coming back from the Mars Rover. I listened to Roly Porter’s Life Cycle of a Massive Star and to the Sean Hannity radio show in the immediate wake of the 2016 election.