Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Light-Painting--Nuclear-Radiation-Testing-in-Fukushima-27MZIFJ6F761G.htmlConceptually similarLight Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaGP0STPLEMCompleted★★★★Light Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaGP0STPLENCompleted★★★★Light Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaGP0STPLEPCompleted★★★★Light Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaGP0STPLEQCompleted★★★★★★Light Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaGP0STPLELCompleted★★★★Light Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaGP0STPLF9Completed★★★★Light Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaGP0STPLF5Completed★★★★Light Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaGP0STPLF6Completed★★★★Light Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaGP0STPLF8Completed★★★★View AllGP0STPLESLight Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaA special light painting tool reveals radioactive contamination. Here at the nursery school Soramame in Fukushima city the levels are very low, but this has not stopped the business profoundly suffering in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdowns.Locations:Asia-East Asia-Fukushima City-Fukushima Prefecture-JapanDate:15 Nov, 2015Credit:© Greg McNevin / GreenpeaceMaximum size:5561px X 3707pxKeywords:Decontamination-Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant-KWCI (GPI)-Light-painting actions-Night-Nuclear (campaign title)-Nuclear radiation-Outdoors-Painting (activity)-Radiation measurement-TestingShoot:Light Painting: Nuclear Radiation Testing in FukushimaA special light painting technique reveals radioactive contamination in Fukushima.Five years after Fukushima and thirty years after Chernobyl disasters, radioactive contamination continues to impact communities, but as the source of the problem is invisible the relative risks remain difficult to communicate. Photography exploring the impact of nuclear disasters often focuses on portraiture of victims, deserted landscapes, decaying buildings, or measurement readings on technical equipment – all of which are useful, but abstract and disconnected from the source of the problem. Using long exposure photography and a custom made, geiger counter-enabled LED light painting tool, this project makes the invisible visible, measuring and displaying radiation levels in real-time, in the environments it exists. Inspired by the Immaterials wifi light painting project, we have sought to make environmental contamination clear and understandable using a white/orange/red lighting scale. White represents levels under 0.23uSv per hour (1mSv per year) - the Japanese government’s guideline for decontamination after Fukushima. Orange shows contamination levels elevated above this, up to 1.0uSv per hour (roughly 5mSv per year) - a range where protective measures to minimize radiation exposure (such as resettlement, decontamination, special health services, food controls, etc) should be considered. Red shows radioactivity greater than 1.0uSv per year (upwards of 5mSv per year) – a level where protective measures to minimize radiation exposure are necessary.