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How does war change people? Portraits of soldiers before, during and after the military operation.

Posted on Jun 07, 2015

Photography

Photographer of Afghan descent Lalage Snow documents the war and its effects - those visible to the naked eye and those that we realize after time. Her vigilance and diligence translate into extraordinary photographs that will remain in your mind for a long time.
The project We are not the dead is the result of an 8-month work in the British base during the military operation in Afghanistan in 2012. Each of the soldiers was photographed just before the start of the mission, during and after the service. On the occasion of portraits, soldiers also had the opportunity to tell about their fears, hopes, longing for home and what life is like at the front.

Szeregowiec Chris MacGregor, 24 
Private Chris MacGregor, 24
Kapral Sean Tennant, 29 
Corporal Sean Tennant, 29
Szeregowiec Ben Frater, 21 
Private Ben Frater, 21
Kapral Steven Gibson, 29 
Corporal Steven Gibson, 29
Podporucznik Struan Cunningham, 24 
Lieutenant Struan Cunningham, 24
Szeregowiec Fraiser Pairman, 21 
Private Fraiser Pairman, 21

The photos themselves seem to be sufficiently powerful, but the impression is much stronger when we read the statements of the soldiers. The first of the portraits of Sergeant Alexander McBroom - made just before the start of the mission - is marked with the quote "I'm not afraid to go to the front - it's my job at the end." A few months of service makes the sergeant admit that the service "opened his eyes to many things." After another 4 months he openly admits: "Fear is always present. All the time I'm thinking ... what if they blow me up?"

Kapral Martyn Rankin, 23 
Corporal Martyn Rankin, 23
Podporucznik Adam Petzsch, 25  
Lieutenant Adam Petzsch, 25
Szeregowiec Jo Yavala, 28 
Private Jo Yavala, 28
Kapral David McLean, 27 
Corporal David McLean, 27
Szeregowiec Sean Patterson, 19 
Private Sean Patterson, 19

The photographer admits that We Are Not Dead arose from the personal need to document the transformation experienced by young soldiers serving in the war, who often have no opportunity to share their own history with a wider audience.

Szeregowiec Steven Anderson, 31
Private Steven Anderson, 31
Sierżant Alexander McBroom, 24 
Private Alexander McBroom, 24
Szeregowiec Matthew Hodgson, 18 
Private Matthew Hodgson, 18

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