The world after nuclear war

The World After Nuclear War Hope


“In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement, can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin, and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose”


This Positive Film Photography is based on a theme of “The World after Nuclear War”,.

The early morning of 16th July 1945 , in Alamogordo bombing range of New Mexico, the first atomic bomb was experimented. The main scientist who was witnessing this horror incident hiding in a pit far away from the scene said later, that at that time of the experiment he remembered the sacred Hindu Epic, “The Bhagavad Gita”.

If the radiance of a
thousand suns bursts at
once in the sky, it would be
like the splendor of the
mighty one....

I then become death, the
shatterer of the worlds….


It’s the spiritual dimension of Openheimer that inspired me to this theme series. The various pictures were shot in the period of year 1990 to 2000. Apart from these pictures being a creative outlet, they are also my way of creating awareness on the consequences of the highly destructive Nuclear Power.

Bhumi (Earth), Jala (Water), Tejas/Agni (Fire), Maruth/Pavan(Air),Vyom/Shunya (Void) are the “PanchaMahabhuta” – The five most important elements on which the life on earth depends. Any kind of disharmony in these elements would mean a catastrophe and that’s what the Nuclear Power would result into – “A catastrophe by destroying the elements of sustenance”.

In this series you will see that I’ve used wood, which symbolizes fire and the other four elements serve as the back drop, with which I’ve created different versions of catastrophe of Nuclear Power. It has been an attempt and shall always be to educate our future generations and to make them aware of the perils of the most powerful nuclear sources of destruction and to direct them in the path of construction to ensure the planet earth lives on for generations to come.

- Sridhara Tumari