War Porn
Project info

'WAR PORN' is an ongoing project that focuses on video footage that has been uploaded online by either soldiers or citizens who capture the scenes of war through their own perspective. In this case, the war against the Islamic State (ISIS) and the Syrian civil war. This point of view takes us away from the norms of the traditional well composed photojournalistic image or video footage and as this is easily accessible, it allows anyone to engage visually.

The makers document events that either exploit others ,or is part of their daily life. After this is uploaded online, it gives a diverse audience the opportunity to become the observers of such events while being physically detached from what is actually there. In other words, Anthropologist Frances Larson states, 'it makes us feel less accountable of our behaviour to what we may be observing by playing an anonymous, invisible and voyeuristic role’. 

War footage is easy to access and many feel the urge to view it's content. To be satisfied when witnessing a moment of eruption, catastrophe and death, this is considered as 'War Porn'. While creating this project I have played part in this physically detached voyeuristic role. By viewing this content online, I have selected scenes that focus on the before and after an impact occurs but also scenes that serve as a visual representation of this term.