Abandoned Nuclear Missile Bases

Monday September 25, 2017 Written by Suzi

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One of the American nuclear missile bases that Brett Leigh Dicks photographed had been painted to look like a Domino’s pizza ad. The caption read: ‘World-wide delivery in 30 minutes or less or your next one is free.’

Dicks found his way to this base, and the others across the US and the former Soviet Union, through Google Earth. His research would give him a ballpark, and then from his home PC he’d zoom in to pinpoint the location. Not all them were still standing. In one place, a church had been built on top of the base; another site had been transformed into a paintball tract. In a Featureshoot article, Dicks describes his work as a kind of “photography archaeology”. His inspiration? A song that his friend was moved to write after visiting a former Intercontinental Ballistic Missile facility. For Dicks, the track brought back vivid memories of growing up during the Cold War, when school children were taught how to ‘duck and cover’ and when telemovies depicted nuclear holocausts. The song, by the way, was Calexico’s Sonic Winds.

Click here to view Brett Leigh Dicks' haunting series of abandoned nuclear missile bases, Opposing Forces.

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Photography: Brett Leigh Dicks