Visual Artist and Lecturer at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Mark Roemisch is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay. From his project ‘Love In The Time Of Hope‘. To see Mark’s body of work click on any image.
This work aims to create a discussion about the diverse forms of non-traceable white torture to break an individual’s spirit. Those methods are being practiced in many parts of the world, including the US in the aftermath of 9/11.
This series of portraits deals with the particular technique of waterboarding. As a specific form of water torture, this method causes an individual to experience the sensation of drowning.
The work focuses on the isolation and total loss of orientation the victim faces during the act of torture. In addition it reveals the shocking simplicity of that technique. A piece of cloth covering the victim’s mouth while water is poured over him or her is all it takes.
In my research I found that one of the victims described the image of his loved ones as being the only thought that kept him from going insane during the time he was tortured.
This work intends to raise awareness and to encourage a dialogue about the brutal creativity that man has developed to torture another and how love is sometimes the only hope for reclaiming our humanity.
By Mark Roemisch