Violence in Congo Cought on Infrared Film
What would you think of a soldier in a pink uniform or a bunch of rebels in a pink field? Don’t try answering before you see this photo series called “Infra” by an Irish photographer Richard Mosse. Mosse has been travelling around the Democratic Republic of Congo and documenting the ongoing civil war and violance in the country, mostly operated by rebels.
But what’s with the pink? The images were shot on Kodak Aerochrome, a discontinued false-color reversal infrared film, originally produced for surveillance purposes for the U.S. military in 1940′s. Used for camouflage detection, the film reveals a part of the light spectrum that is invisible to the human eye, rendering the green landscape in vivid hues of lavender, crimson and hot pink. Since the light is invisible, Mosse says “I was literally photographing blind. The film places me at the limits of representation, the points at which not just photography but perception itself begins to fail.”