In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we post these photographs by architect-turned-prize-winning-photographer Donald Weber, part of his series-in-progress War Sand.
Last year, Weber visited the beaches at Normandy and collected sand samples. He then enlisted the help of physics professor Kevin Robbie to determine that they contained steel remnants and were indeed seventy-year-old tiny bits of shrapnel from the unimaginable amount of artillery fired that day and in the following weeks. Using a scanning electron microscope and optical microscope, Weber and Robbie photographed the artifacts. They created a color code (blue for iron, yellow for silicon oxide and green for sodium chloride) for the resulting photographs using a palette that closely resembled the physical landscape of the Normandy beaches, reports CBC Radio Canada.
Said Robbie: “History never goes away. There’s always a trace here or a remnant there.”
also by Paula Newton
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