4. The world-famous photo of Robert Capa from 1936 showing Federico Borrell Garcia at the moment of death is probably the most brutal representative of a “decisive moment” conception and still functions as a model for reporters immersing into war reality. Most award-winning reportage photos represent this traditional “climax” approach. You instead choose to portrait people while doing laundry or participating in a breakdance class. What do you find fascinating about this mundane, ordinary activities?
I do not intend to see many wars. I prefer to think of myself as of somebody who does different things, including photographing in the conflict zone for a certain period of time. I try to show, using a photographic image, what war is for people I’ve met. I find war as everyday life, boredom, killing time and stress with rituals, routine. Only a small part of it is artillery fire and adrenaline. Most is waiting and adapting to the stress level, which is unhealthy to get used to.
After years of showing pictures of violence by the media, the viewer got accustomed to the sight of blood and such images stopped moving him. If something does not move us, we do not begin to tame it. If we do not tame it, then it is not ours and it does not concern us, we do not feel empathetic.
I find it important to inquire why something is happening, not what is happening. Quoting Rob Hornstra, It’s a way of looking at the world that does not require waiting for something to happen.