The Ghostly Remains Of Abandoned Cold War Military Sites
By the mid-1980s peak of the Cold War arms race, the United States and the Soviet Union possessed a combined 70,000 nuclear warheads, which was, as photographer Matt Slaby writes in The Washington Post, “a number sufficient to put 357 warheads, each with yields far exceeding that of the Hiroshima bomb, onto every capital city of every country on the entire globe.”
All those warheads meant countless storage facilities, launch sites, radar stations and the like. Today, many of those places now sit abandoned and decaying — and that’s largely why Slaby finds them so fascinating to photograph.
“The simple fact that these sites have fallen so far off the map is, in my opinion, not a matter of human progress but, rather, willful ignorance of our own folly,” Slaby writes. “In the seven decades during which we have possessed nuclear weapons, we have never once had a moment where we were satisfied with the destructive powers at our fingertips. Our pursuits have been only to perfect the quality of the Armageddon we aimed to create.”
See more at The Washington Post.
Vintage Images Of The Brutal Sicilian Mafia
Letizia Battaglia has spent the last few decades photographing the Sicilian mafia — and seeing firsthand just how dangerous its members are.
“Americans love ‘The Sopranos,’” the Sicilian photographer told CNN. “They don’t believe the Mafia is like (they see on TV), but the Mafia is dangerous like ISIS.”
See the danger up close in these intense photos.