The Scientific Indian

I was reading The Telegraph Magazine today [paper copy]. Salmon Rushdie introduces Taryn Simon’s An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamilar – a collection of portraits that capture the hidden reality: bushmeat, fruits and other items confiscated by US Customs; playboy Braille Edition; Transatlantic sub-marine cables reaching ashore and much more. Enthralling images, slingshots capable of sending us in a tangent, magical carpets of color which could transport us into a richer reality.

The image shown is from a NY Times article published last year. It’s the nuclear waste storage facility in Hanford Site, Washington State. The glow is Cherenkov radiation from the steel capsules containing cesium and strontium. The capsules are submerged in water. The image resembles North America, says Rushdie.