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Welcome To The Pink Jungle? by Richard Mosse

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Richard Mosse visited eastern Congo to document the war between 2010 and 2011. He used Kodak color infrared sensitive Aerochrome. Hence the name of the series: Infra. By using that film he manages to create a very interesting contrast. He photographed the weird kind of beauty that surrounds a conflict zone. Wonderful colors make for a dreamy and alien world.

The pink jungle with men carrying weapons is such a contrast that tells the story. Mosse’s photographs really sticks out of the never-ending journalism and documentary photographs of conflict zones. For me his work is a way to make us stand still by what’s really going on. Perhaps a way of bringing news in a beautiful package to both get our attention and fulfill our need to consume news every day, over and over again. His work stamps on the break and make us look twice. Different layers to tell a terrible story.

Richard Mosse’s website: www.richardmosse.com

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The Contrast in Being

The following series reminded me of a line from the song Empire State of Mind by Jay-Z: “…concrete jungle where dreams are made of…”. But this concrete jungle seems to overtake and isolate it’s creator. Let alone its dreams. The human beings stuck in between the dream and the reality. This wonderful photo series shot by Dutch photographer Job Jonathan Schlingemann gives us a glimpse into this contradicting world.  A world between beautiful geometrical shapes of the sky scraping buildings and the tiny, seemingly insignificant but nonetheless driven, people who walk among them. The artist is fascinated by the contrasts he sees:

I am fascinated by this business districts with all its concrete and geometric shapes and in between those huge buildings, the human being. This human being seems driven by a purpose; his function in this world. He seems isolated. The contrast between those two sometimes seems almost poetic.

The photographs are beautifully lit. The photographer really knows how to find that perfect moment to share his fascination. The light and the colors are just marvelous.

Job Jonathan Schlingemann’s website: www.splinter.tv

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