By the end of the U.S. War in Vietnam the United States dropped 7 million tons of bombs on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, at least three times the amount deployed in Europe and Asia during World War II. These images — taken during the wet season of 2013 and 2014 and the dry season of 2017/18 — are of bomb craters and their environs, in and near my mother's home village in Tiền Giang Province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region. The craters are now filled with rain and groundwater. Villagers often transform the craters into ponds for raising fish and growing lotus and other plants. These photographs are a part of an ongoing project using still photography, video, and soundscapes to document how the power of nature and the ingenuity of villagers can transform these markers of death into sustaining spaces of life.
Video artist traces the scars of war from South Philly to Vietnam by Peter Crimmins