The Power of Sex
The magazine cover comes from World War Two. The American culture used sex stories to demonize the culture they went to war on and eventually introduced the atomic bomb on to force a culture unconditionally surrender to. I did change the word men to photographers.
I found the cover while shooting in the southwest in a almost ghost town.
Grand children in the midst of clearing out a home that was soon to become a skeleton with no real property value. The grand parents moved there for the hot dry climate. There father stayed in the military. He was one of the thousands in the cold war that was used as media propaganda to show that Americans are not afraid of the nuclear area during the early stages of the cold war. It was a time when the knowledge was being explored as sow super powers demonstrated by exploding bigger bombs.
Just imagine the images of an atomic bomb going off and thousands of soldiers in the pacific standing on an distant island watching the event with sun glasses smiling. These men are now gone, resting in graves and forgotten a silent mistake behind the gift of a short life span from it.
I think in the mindset of pushing for the total domination of a different culture during world war two. The idea was a resolution of total victory but without any goal.
In the sixties, Japan created a four cylinder care that finally beat a Cadillac up hill on a freeway known as the 405 at a location called the “grape vine”.
The unforeseen price hike of gas caused People to do the math and discovered the country they beat had more compassion for American families by producing a better car. A cheaper car, that ran on less gas, and a better insurance deal that meant one could save money for the house hold.
I wonder if war and hatred promotes the welfare of a culture in the long run. During the World Fair in New York, the car industry said “by the year 2000 we would have super highways and cars the fly above the highway”.
I wish I knew the men that created this vision for the car industry.