Emerging Southern Photographer:
Andrew Hefter—Dallas, Texas
Scientists at the Savannah River Site have identified a bacteria growing on old nuclear fuel.
The material looks like a cobweb.
The senior technical adviser for the Savannah River National Laboratory, Christopher Berry, says genetic analysis shows it's mostly bacteria although some of the DNA strains are unknown.
—Excerpt from a September 10 story by the Associated Press.
Andrew Hefter’s project In Search of Life takes this strange occurrence of new life as a starting point for a layman’s investigation into nuclear energy and its byproducts.
What results is a fascinating study of the guarded landscape surrounding the nuclear plant along the Savannah River; at the same time, the project becomes an experiment in creating visual evidence of the material.
Andrew Hefter recently graduated from SCAD with a BFA in photography and a minor in graphic design. He is a native of Dallas, Texas, and is now based in Brooklyn, New York. See more of his work on his website.
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