Blasted Car, Mount St.Helens, Wa, USA
Camera: 4×5″ Wista Field
Lens: Schneider 150mm. f/5.6
Film: Kodak Tri-X
Exposure: 1/2 seg. f/16
Developed: Kodak T-Max
From Tragedy Comes Knowledge
On May 15, 1980 Donald and Natalie Parker, with nephew Rick, parked their green 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix. They hiked about a mile to a small cabin at the Black Rock cooper mine claim. At 8 1/2 miles from the mountain, the area was in the “Blue Zone”, open to those conducting business under a permit if they signed a liability waiver with the state.
The Parkers did.
On the morning of May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens unleashed a 300-mile-per hour lateral blast of searing gas, ash and rock that flattened the forest and took the Parker’s lives. Their battered vehicle remains, a reminder of the 57 people who perished and the unpredictability of volcanoes.
The lateral blast demostrated that unprecedented volcanic events occur. Since 1980, knowledge gained by studing this eruption has been applied around the world, saving lives of those living in the shadow of active volcanoes.Text by Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument