A Bubblegum Palette

4 Aug

I really like these photographs from Eastern Congo by Richard Mosse. There’s something other-worldly about them. They are not photoshopped. Mosse used Aerochrome Kodak Infrared film, an obsolete technology, to create the effect of purpleness.

The film, designed in connection with the United States military during the Cold War, reveals a spectrum of light beyond what the human eye can perceive. According to The New Yorker, Mosse aims “to shock the viewer with this surprising bubblegum palette, and provoke questions about how we tend to see, and don’t see, this conflict.”

From Boooom!


4 Responses to “A Bubblegum Palette”

  1. esteldreaming August 4, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Those are indeed very beautiful and interesting photographs. It’s so unusual and a bit odd seeing this vibrant and bubble gum pink colour together with guns and a military theme. It presents such a contrast.
    This also shows that using good old methods can be more superior than photoshop. Long live film photography!

  2. lechicbatik August 4, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    quite a contrast, indeed! thanks for your comment!

  3. Adjoa-Gennesaret August 19, 2010 at 9:51 am #


  4. Palesa September 29, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    This is some of the best infrared photography I’ve seen. I’ve found that other infrared photographs rely too heavily on the sheer specialness of the film to make an impact, thus sacrificing content. These photos however would have been beautiful without the IR effect. The IR is so tastefully done here that it just adds an extra layer of specialness.

    And those landscapes… WOW! You only get that in Africa.
    Thank you for sharing this.

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