It’s All Our Blood poster, by Harry Pearce


Pentagram partner Harry Pearce has created a poster titled It’s All Our Blood for the Questioning the Bomb exhibition launching at the Art Gallery of Maryland in the US in September. The exhibition marks 70 years since the twin nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Pearce created the poster using an upside-down photograph of a drop of his own blood as it hits water, creating a shape similar to a mushroom cloud.

He says: “The visual idea and the line came simultaneously. I was looking at ink drops underwater, for a completely different project. Turning the picture upside down I saw the mushroom cloud.”

Pearce adds: “I felt compelled to use my own blood dropped into water, coupled with the line ‘Its all our blood’ in answer to the exhibitions title – ‘Questioning the bomb’. In the long run, what we do to others we are really doing to ourselves, and Damocles’ Sword still hangs firmly over all our heads.

“The really hard work was by the photographer Richard Foster, who spend days experimenting with ink, water temperatures, drop heights, and the finally my blood to get this shot. The image here was the last frame of the final day.”

Images below by Christian Carlsson.