Richard Mosse: InfraPosted: January 17, 2012
What magical land has photographer Richard Mosse discovered, speckled with fields of rolling magenta hills and shocks of pinkish-red vegetation? These beautiful landscapes are, of course, designed by the photographer, who uses recently discontinued Kodak infrared film to create breathtaking scenes and who stumps even the most cynical among us into imagining for just a moment that perhaps a fantasy world such as this does exist. Yet it’s not just a beautiful image that Mosse strives to create. Shot in the the Congo, these fairytale mirages duel the warring underbelly that exists throughout the land, as portrayed in the haunting images of the everyday Congolese lifestyle. The paradox of beauty and war live side by side in these photographs where the (perhaps) detached viewer is forced to take a second look into a reality previously only understood through news reports or other media. The project can be seen in its entirety through Mosse’s website, below.
Richard Mosse: website