Cambodia is truly fucked up in many ways (with good reason). In a country where human kindness is in desperately short supply, this scene was even more touching. A group of wild dogs on the beach in Koh Rong had adopted a pig into their pack. The dogs ran and splashed and play-fought on the beach - and so did the pig. They even made allowance for his being slower and less agile. Happy, accepted beach-dog-pig; if only humans could do the same.
A War Zone Through the Eyes of Infrared Film
The stark contrast - a surreal red landscape of ethereal beauty serving as the backdrop for a war zone plagued by frequent ambushes, massacres and systematic sexual violence. Throughout 2012, Richard Mosse and his collaborators Trevor Tweeten and Ben Frost traveled through the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, infiltrating armed rebel groups and filming what they see. The resulting work is titled The Enclave, a new multi-media installation at the 55th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, Italy) from June through November, 2013.
The Enclave is the culmination of Mosse’s attempt to rethink war photography. It is a search for more adequate strategies to represent a forgotten African tragedy in which, according to the International Rescue Committee, at least 5.4 million people have died of war-related causes in eastern Congo since 1998.
Mosse uses a discontinued military surveillance film in the art installation, a medium that registers an invisible spectrum of infrared light, and was originally designed for camouflage detection. The resulting imagery, shot on 16mm infrared film by cinematographer Trevor Tweeten, renders the jungle war zone in a disorienting psychedelic palette of pink and red hues.
Inside Bayon, Angkor Wat - more like being inside a giant brain than a temple. (My theory is that it is a temple to the pineal gland…)
Faces of Bayon, Angkor Wat - the most cosmic place I’ve ever been (a monumental hymn to the pineal gland, in my opinion)
The US two dropped two million cluster bombs in total on non-combatant Laos, in B52 bombing raids every day between 1964 and 1973. These are the limestone caves where Lao people lived during that time - some naturally occurring, some hollowed out on purpose. It’s also where they cooked, printed a newspaper, ran schools, a hospital and a phone network. Called the ‘secret war’ for good reason, a little-known by-product of the war on Vietnam, it is undoubtedly one of the most shameful episodes in recent US history. 80 million bombs are still undetonated, in a country the size of Britain (Michigan if you prefer) and continue to explode, killing or maiming two people a week.