Alistair Grimley

Master of Photography

Contact student

NB. Views and opinions of students in the degree show are their own and do not represent the views of the University.


In the Shadow of the Atom is a visual study of Britain’s Nuclear Energy Paradox. Nuclear
production is an old technology, having found its feet toward the end of the 1940s, yet many
still consider it to be a futuristic and highly complex space age technology. It additionally
stands invisible yet visible, through its isolated sites and high fences yet they leave giant,
unmistakable imprints on the landscape and peoples lives. This work focuses on Sellafield,
Britain’s oldest and largest nuclear site. It uses archive images of those that have worked the
site over the years and newly created images taken of its impact on the landscape. In the
Shadow of the Atom visualises both the passage of time and invisibility of energy production
infrastructure, to tell a story of the Nuclear Paradox through what this hidden industry leaves
behind.