“Downwind from Trinity”

Today marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of perhaps the most significant event in human history up to now: the detonation for the first atomic bomb at the Trinity test site in New Mexico.

The blinding glare of that explosion cast shadows over my entire childhood, and many years later I wrote an essay about it, which was published in Eclectica magazine. Please let me recommend that you read it today, even though it was published back in 1997. The bombs have not vanished from the earth, and because they haven’t, we very well might some day soon.

I made the photos for the essay too, during a visit to New Mexico, not far from the Trinity site. (But not the header photo to this post, which is from the Los Alamos Laboratory, which developed the Bomb.)

Downwind from Trinity

Rick Risemberg