A vending machine, brought inland by the 2011 tsunami that wrecked Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant, is seen in an abandoned rice field. After the disaster, about 160,000 people living near the plant were ordered to move out and the government established a 20-km compulsory evacuation zone.
Damir Sagolj: “If you have ever been to Japan, you know how big vending machines are there. Shiny, blinking boxes, sucking tons of energy and ready to serve you cold and hot drinks are everywhere.
In coastal areas of Fukushima prefecture, wrecked by the 2011 tsunami, that ‘everywhere’ gets a totally different meaning. From a field near Minamisoma, probably a good half-mile from the sea, one of these shiny red boxes sprouted.
I knew about it, I’d already seen pictures of that Coca Cola box, brought inland by a powerful wave, so I drove inside the exclusion zone around the crippled nuclear plant to check it out for myself.
I had plenty of time to walk around the red machine that appeared to scream from a depressing emptiness, to choose the angle and the lens, but every picture I took was equally, absurdly beautiful.
Just as beautiful was the whole area – beaches alongside a blue ocean, green hills and fertile rice fields. Only some other strange fruits grow here – cars on top of a building, a piano in river, a vending machine in a field.”
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, lens 50mm, f2, 1/8000, ISO 100