Military & Police Show of Force
These photos were taken during the Black Lives Matter protests in Boston. My use of in infrared camera serves two purposes:
First, it highlights the presence of military apparatus in a civilian environment. Infrared film was originally pioneered to identify enemy positions in wartime (while vegetation appears pink, camouflage does not). In response, modern military paint and uniforms mimic vegetation in its spectral signature in order to elude infrared detection in the jungle. My technique of using infrared in an American downtown—where vegetation is scant–serves to again detect the military’s presence, marking it as foreign.
Second, the unnatural pink tone and ambiguous gazes of the police and soldiers that I capture destabilize their presence, challenging viewers on both sides of a hardening cultural divide to see these people from a perspective different than they otherwise would.