Captain William Sterling Parsons
looping digital projection, dimensions variable, 2013
Inspired by a recent trip to the Nuclear Science Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I have been exploring photographic and video footage from World War II, particularly in relation to nuclear weapons. I recently discovered short, filmed interviews with the flight crew of the Enola Gay taken shortly after the plane dropped a nuclear bomb on the city of Hiroshima. For me, these interviews juxtapose the colossal event with intimate, small-scale views of individuals who were responsible for physically dropping the bomb. This particular figure is Captain William Sterling Parsons, the weaponeer on the Enola Gay. In this piece, I have isolated Captain Parsons from his background and caused him to silently stare back at the viewer in an endless loop.
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