From 1951 to 1992, almost a thousand atomic bomb tests were made in the Nevada desert. The light given off by the atmospheric tests, creating enormous mushroom clouds, turned night into day for Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The largest of the tests was done on March 7, 1955, and illuminated Los Angeles for 20 seconds with what reporters at the time called a 'premature dawn'.
In 2015, the Chinese city Nanjing became shrouded in a violet fog, due to an alleged combination of the sunset glow and an unusually heavy smog. Snapshots of colored skyscrapers, parks and boulevards flooded social networks for weeks.
As abrasive and worrying as they can be, the photographs taken on both locations possess an eerie and poetic quality to them. They became the starting point of this ongoing monochrome project.