If Luigi Ghirri is right, and photography is a way to resolve enigmas, then, given that our current energetic model is bringing us to the brink of ecological destruction, it would seem necessary that we have some kind of dialogue with our production of electricity, as it is one of the greatest producers of greenhouse gas emissions. Nuclear energy is so inconceivably powerful that resolving the enigma would seem an impossible task. Depending on one’s point of view, nuclear power it is either one of man’s most arrogant folly’s or a harbinger of global peace and a source of “clean” energy that prevents the burning of millions of tonnes of fossil fuel.
The images in this project document the Trillo Nuclear Power Station and the 30 kilometre radius that is included in the Environmental Radiological Monitoring Programme. Under this plan, radiation levels are permanently monitored in the nearby population, the different facets of their daily lives, the ground and the water. Analyses are regularly carried out of the soil, the air, the water in the rivers, reservoirs, rain and fish, as well as of plant foods, milk, honey and meats.
On first sight, it’s easy to reamin indifferent to this series of images, but once you realise that they represent the components of a radiological monitoring programme (la zona) and that you are being led through a nuclear power plant into the main reactor building during a fuel change, then, it is my hope, that one cannot reamain indifferent, whether you are either “pro” or “contra” nuclear power.