Transuranic is a series of 13 uranotypes, an archaic photographic process that uses uranium instead of silver, from all the sites in the western U.S. that ship radioactive waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico. I traveled to each of these sites, documenting the locations and tracing the routes that radioactive waste is transported across our country on.
This video is from a gallery installation in September of 2014 at the John Sommers Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Two Geiger counters rest on a uranotype in the center of a dimly-lit room. The counters give an auditory read of the radiation levels in the print, filling the space with a warning and transforming the indexical photograph.
The 13 Uranotypes are from:
Lawrence Livermore Labs, CA
Hanford Site, WA
Hanford Site 2, WA
Columbia Generating Station, WA
Rocky Flats Cleanup Site, CO
Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge, CO
WIPP 2, NM
Eurenco, Eunice, NM
Waste Solutions, Andrews, TX
Nevada National Security Site, NV
Los Alamos National Labs, NM
Idaho National Labs, ID