Speaking of spectrum of different lights (
well, I guess for some reason we’re inspired by this topic today since the post before this one is a fashion editorial with some particular nuances of lighting) I was completely amazed by photographer Richard Mosse‘s work. For centuries, the Congo, Africa has compelled and defied the Western imagination. This series called “Infra” brings to this subject the use of a discontinued military surveillance technology, a type of color infrared film called Kodak Aerochrome. Originally developed for camouflage detection, this aerial reconnaissance film registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson and a kinda hot pink.
Infrared film also found civilian uses among cartographers, agronomists, hydrologists, and archaeologists, to reveal subtle changes in the landscape. In the late 60s, the medium was appropriated in the cover art of albums by rock musicians such as Jimi Hendrix or the Grateful Dead, trickling into the popular imagination as the palette of psychedelic (from the Greek for “soul-manifesting”) experience, eventually accumulating a kitsch aesthetic.
On his journeys in eastern Congo, Mosse photographed rebel groups of constantly switching allegiances, fighting nomadically in a jungle war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres and systematic sexual violence. These tragic narratives urgently need telling but cannot be easily described. Considering that he did such a great job in capturing this circumstances, he doesn’t need to explain much through words…
Check out Mosse’s astonishing work here or if you have the opportunity to see his exibihition at Jack Shainman Gallery in NY “please go” and let us know!
“They say that Napoleon was colourblind and blood for him as green as grass”. WG Sebald
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