Home

I was first drawn to look at this body of work when someone mentioned to me that one of my granddads pictures looked like it was going a bit of a pinky colour from ageing. AvôGuerra1

Mosse uses uses Kodak Aerochrome

False-color reversal film, high dimensional stability for vegetation surveys, camouflage detection and earth resources.
KODAK AEROCHROME III Infrared Film 1443 (DISCONTINUED) is an infrared-sensitive, false-color reversal film featuring medium resolving power and fine grain. 
– http://www.kodak.com/ek/US/en/Aerial_Industrial_Markets/Aerial_Imaging_Products_and_Services/Aerial_Films/Infrared_Films/AEROCHROME_III_Infrared_Film_1443_DISCONTINUED.htm

Richard Mosse’s Infra project uses obsolete military surveillance technology, a type of infrared colour film called Kodak Aerochrome, to investigate ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Originally created to detect targets for aerial bombing, Kodak Aerochrome film registered a spectrum of light beyond what the human eye can see, rendering foliage in vivid hues of lavender, crimson and hot pink.

On his journeys in eastern Congo between 2010-11, Mosse photographed rebel groups constantly switching allegiances, fighting nomadically in a jungle war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres, and systematic sexual violence. These narratives urgently need telling but cannot be easily described.

Infra offers a radical rethinking of how to depict a conflict as complex as that of the ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The images initiate a dialogue with photography that begins as a meditation on a broken documentary genre, but ends as an elegy for a land touched by tragedy.

Richard Mosse was born in Ireland in 1980. He currently lives and works in New York.

He is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

– http://www.openeye.org.uk/main-exhibition/richard-mosse-infra/

His images in this body of work Infra are all beautifully bright pinks and reds which show the green vegetation from the congo rainforest. It makes it look really surreal and stunning to look at this images that he had made.
I find this body of work by him really fascinating to look at, every image is beautiful and pleasing to look at and this is something that I want to recreate with my grandfathers images. I would like to recreate this bright coloured images but this type of film is no longer available to buy. I m ay experiment with photoshop to create the same look on my images but will probably not use this technique in my final project. I would want to try and get a hold of some film to experiment with but I think they are quite rare and expensive to find as they are no longer available to buy.
I think they way that Mosse uses these bright colours within his work distracts from the sadness of what he is photographing. I personally found that when I was looking through this images that I was really fascinates by the bright bold colours and not looking at the real meaning behind the photographs. I think that this is a real interesting concept of photographing. The images just of landscapes are actually so fascinating to look at, I found myself staring at them for quite a while they are quite engaging.
References

Open Eye Gallery. (2012). RICHARD MOSSE: INFRA. Available: http://www.openeye.org.uk/main-exhibition/richard-mosse-infra/. Last accessed 7th March 2014.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s