Artist and photographer Richard Mosse discusses the making of his latest film, “The Enclave”, which is currently being featured in the Irish Pavillion at this year’s 55th Venice Biennale. Mosse recently traveled to war torn Congo and shot a documentary on remote rebel groups throughout the country. and the result is breathtaking.
What is most spectacular about the work is how it is photographed in its entirety on 16mm color infrared film. Developed by the U.S. Military in the 1940’s and used for camouflage detection, the film registers infrared light (invisible to the human eye) and reflects the chlorophyll off green plants creating a bubble gum pink effect. The film is absolutely stunning, the color will envelope you in in a way that you cannot describe.
If you are unfamiliar with Mosse, spend some time with his work. It will floor you.