Inasayama forest 1, Nagasaki

This artwork is from the “The Survivor Trees of Nagasaki” series. View other artworks

The Survivor Trees of Nagasaki is a photography collection by Philip Clemo.

This series of infrared photographs pays tribute to the hibakujumoku (A-bombed trees) that miraculously survived the devastating plutonium bomb detonated over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The bomb, known as 'Fat Man,' produced an explosive force equivalent to 22,000 tons of TNT, leaving nothing expected to grow in the city for at least 75 years. However, in the very next Spring, green shoots began to emerge, and a number of trees gradually came back to life. This collection of photographs, taken 77 years after the bomb, focuses on the survivor trees in the Sanno and Fuchi shrines of Nagasaki and the Inasayama forest, which partially survived the bombing.

The Survivor Trees of Nagasaki is a part of the From Silence Into Song project, a unique collaboration between the Shout at Cancer laryngectomy choir and Philip Clemo. The survivor trees and choir members have both endured radioactivity - as a form of destruction (the bomb) and healing (radiotherapy). Members of the choir have survived cancer and have gone on to learn how to sing again after the surgical removal of their voice boxes. In live performances, they now harmonise and beatbox with the trees, celebrating resilience, survival, and hope in a truly remarkable way.

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