The first of a three part series exploring international award winning art photographer Justin Barton's three year project to describe the psychological war surrounding nuclear weapons.

Given rare access to photograph actual nuclear weapons systems used by Russia and in contrast those used by the USA during the Cold War he lets the objects tell their story through the traces of their use and the details left behind by the engineers and missile combat crews. These minutiae provide cause for reflection, whether you believe in the need for deterrent or disarmament, as a stark reminder of the tangible reality of these weapons of unimaginable destruction.

In a world where our civilization is dependent on a subtle ever changing balance of nuclear powers it behoves us all to examine the nature of these artifacts carefully and remember that our very existence is dependent on the turn of a key and the press of a button.

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