A quick look at war photography images these photos give the impression this is some sort of dream land, landscape photos of pink and red nuances and a river flowing through beautiful fields which appear untouched by human hands. But as we scroll down the pictures, we discover with terror that there are bulldozers digging through this paysage and leaving gaping muddy holes, we encounter children with machine guns and armies of soldiers in this turmoiled scenery in Congo.
New York based photographer Richard Mosse used special technology called Kodak Aerochrome to capture these images, which was once used in military surveillance photos. With this infrared film, shades of green turn into pink and that’s how this inversion of colors was made. His exhibition was entitled “Infra”, because of the technique he was using to create these unusual images of a warzone settled deep in the Congo jungle.
Mosse is no stranger to war photography, this time he wanted to do more than just portray the horrors of conflicts, he added a different, aesthetic note to his photographs accentuating the beauty of this suffering land. By illustrating the surreal images of war photography, he succeeds in epitomizing how much the West is removed from experience of war and how abstract the idea of it has become to those far from the front lines.