The Ash Garden: Artist Statement

The Ash Garden

Hiroshima represents many things to many people, but scores would agree that on 6 August 1945, it became a radioactive graveyard. Countering the axiom “The bomb saved lives by ending the war,” Hiroshima’s memorials commemorate some 200,000 A-bomb victims. Throughout the city are many “A-bomb Disaster Markers,” most bearing photographic plaques of ruins as they appeared in the aftermath of the bombing.  In 2013, I traveled to Hiroshima to photograph these memorials and trees.