Locus Delicti / Dresden

Locus Delicti / Dresden

Eight page single-sheet folded book in card slipcase
Pinhole images on imitation Japenese paper
160 x 240mm

Images of death saturate the media - from iphone to 50 inch plasma tv we tune into the world through 3D blood-tinted glasses, gorging ourselves on images of destruction from far-off places. We constantly claim to be learning from the mistakes of our past but clearly we are learning the wrong lessons. In Dresden at least the spirit of reconciliation has prevailed with the rebuilding of the Frauenkirche after the cities destruction towards the end of WWII. The images in this single-sheet folded book were taken using a 35mm pinhole camera. There was therefore no glass lens to distort the image, no photo app used to manipulate the colours and no fake synthetic nostalgia.

"American planes, full of holes and wounded men and corpses, took off backwards from an airfield in England. Over France, a few German fighter planes flew at them backwards, sucked bullets and shell fragments from some of the planes and crewmen. They did the same for wrecked American bombers on the ground, and those planes flew up backwards to join the formation.
The formation flew backwards over a German city that was in flames. The bombers opened their bomb bay doors, exerted a miraculous magnetism which shrunk the fires, gathered them into cylindrical steel containers, and lifted the containers into the bellies of the planes. The Germans below had miraculous devices of their own, which were long steel tubes. They used them to suck more fragments from the crewmen and planes. But there were still a few wounded Americans, though, and some of the bombers were in bad repair. Over France, though, German fighters came up again, made everything and everybody as good as new.
When the bombers got back to their base, the steel cylinders were taken from the racks and shipped back to the United States of America, where factories were operating night and day, dismantling the cylinders, separating the dangerous contents into minerals. Touchingly, it was mainly women who did this work. The minerals were then shipped to specialists in remote areas. It was their business to put them into the ground, to hide them cleverly, so they would never hurt anybody ever again.
The American fliers turned in their uniforms, became high school kids. And Hitler turned into a baby."

Kurt Vonnegut

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