Juha Arvid Helminen’s Invisible Empire

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I know at least a dozen people who fetishize war paraphernalia, military outfits, religious fanaticism and the parallels to S&M. With the neat order, rigid structure, extreme power, and eventually the delight of pain, it is not difficult to see why.

These lustrous photos by Finland’s own Juha Arvid Helminen, exhibit a Nazi-esque “Invisible Empire”. Like the invisible man these soldiers are faceless, giving a menacing presence. Placed in an all dark back drop with as little light as possible, the effect is un-romanticized, empty, gritty, and provokes a kind of loneliness only felt amongst the unidentified.

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