Objects of war

The man on the bed

Numbness and carelessness have set in, he suggests, allowing them to turn their eyes away. To him, “this picture touches the soul of the human being.”

There has been normal life and there still is in a very strange way. Images of crying children, fleeing people covered in blood and desperation are very scary, not only because they tell of the war but because it leaves the viewer powerless. The people in the photos have just become objects. They’re not humans anymore, they’re just fear and desperation, and that is frightening . Seeing this old man listening to his record humanises the war victim to become a subject of depth and story. It’s someone we want to look at, sit next to and talk to. It’s someone we have as a neighbor, friend or even family. It gives the viewer a sense of power because they can empathize with them.