EIGHT: Arrival

Written by Guest Blogger: Brett Leigh Dicks Three people. 62 photographs. Twelve days. 3,550 miles.  Santa Barbara to Ottawa. We’re here … Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. Opposing Forces Exhibition Launch and Artist Talk | Thursday August 2, 7-9pm Come meet the artist, Brett Leigh Dicks, and learn about his collection of photographs on display in the Diefenbunker’s Vault. You’ll also be the first to … Continue reading EIGHT: Arrival

SEVEN: Renewed Topographics

Written by Guest Blogger: Brett Leigh Dicks As a photography-obsessed teenage I used to covet the small selection of monographs the high school library dedicated to the medium. It was there in the sterile scholastic surrounds under the dull glow of neon light that I first encountered the work of Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier–Bresson, Robert Frank, and Edward Weston. While my informative inspiration was somewhat … Continue reading SEVEN: Renewed Topographics

SIX: The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

Written by Guest Blogger: Brett Leigh Dicks Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles were not the only nuclear-armed rockets lurking below the prairies of North Dakota. Watching over the state’s extensive cluster of Minutemans was the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex that scanned the skies for an incoming attack. At the ready were 30 Spartan and 70 Sprint defensive nuclear missiles, fueled, armed, and ready to launch … Continue reading SIX: The Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex

FIVE: Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site

Written by Guest Blogger: Brett Leigh Dicks It might be the slowest elevator in North Dakota, but as you inch down below the North Dakota prairie, the destination is certainly worth the drawn-out ride. When the concertinaed gate retracts you are delivered into a vestibule that sits between two subterranean capsules. To your right is a Launch Control Equipment Building while off to the left … Continue reading FIVE: Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site

FOUR: Mt. Rushmore and the greatness of hope

Written by Guest Blogger: Brett Leigh Dicks Standing on the observation patio and staring out at Mt. Rushmore solicits an array of emotions. My grandfather’s family first came to North America in 1607. My grandfather 11 generations back – James Davis – was part of the Virginia Company of Plymouth’s expedition, which established the short-lived Popham Colony in what is now Maine. After overseeing the … Continue reading FOUR: Mt. Rushmore and the greatness of hope

THREE: The Power of the Atom – Idaho’s Experimental Breeder Reactor I

Written by Guest Blogger: Brett Leigh Dicks Sitting in the middle of Idaho’s high desert is large amorphous brick building. While there is no questioning the building’s lofty presence as it rises out of the flat surrounds of the central Idaho landscape, the structure’s formidable physical presence pales into insignificance compared to its historical significance. On December 20 1951 the National Reactor Testing Station’s Experimental … Continue reading THREE: The Power of the Atom – Idaho’s Experimental Breeder Reactor I

TWO: Wendover Airfield – Home of the Enola Gay

Written by Guest Blogger: Brett Leigh Dicks Established in 1940, the Wendover Army Air Field was a United States Army bombing and gunnery range located in northwest Utah. When the United States entered World War II in 1941 the airfield took on a much greater significance. The installation became a sub-post of Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City and in 1941 an additional land acquisition … Continue reading TWO: Wendover Airfield – Home of the Enola Gay