INSPIRATIONAL IMAGES #1
Perhaps a slightly macabre choice of image to choose as inspirational and I am perhaps not normally one to single out documentary war photography as a point of general interest. However, I have taken a slightly more active interest of late having seen Don Mccullin‘s amazing retrospective show at the Imperial War Museum.
SUSAN MEISELAS ‘CUESTA DEL PLOMO’ 1981
Whilst my last choice of war imagery to feature on the blog was perhaps a bit more on the comical juxtaposition side (see post WAR…HUH…YEAH, WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR?), this one is purely brutal and blatant in its approach.
Taken on a hillside known as Cuesta Del Plomo just outside Managua-a in Nicaragua, the image depicts a well known assasination site as used by the national guard.
There are many horrific images taken of war and the cruelties that lay therein, but this one is particularly stark in its approach. We are not just witnessing a slumped body or a mass of flesh where we are left to make an assumption as to what has taken place. This image almost pulls your eyes out with its up front honest depiction of the cruelties that man is capable of committing on its decided enemies.
Remove the body and you could be looking at a tourist’s photograph of a picturesque landscape – where as the reality of the site is much harder to bear. In fact, Cuesta Del Plomo was a first port of call when searching for missing persons, so common where the assasinations that took place there.
I think this images sums up why war and conflict should always be struggled against and once again extends my respect for those journalists and photographers who dedicate their skills to bringing the reality of it to the general public.
Dulce Est Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori and all that bollocks.
Chek out more of Meiselas’ work at her website…it isn’t all war! www.susanmeiselas.com
~~~And on a lighter note, After several years of writing this blog, I think this might be the first time I have lapsed into the low depths of using the word Juxtaposition. For that…I must apologise ~~~