Reading faces: Before, during and after battle

Let’s set aside books for a while and read these faces in Lalage Snow’s ‘We Are The Not Dead‘:

A series of portraits of British soldiers over a period of eight months, before, during and after their operational deployment in Afghanistan. The portraits are captioned with the thoughts and feelings of each individual. They speak of fear, being injured, losing a brother soldier, missing home, excitement, coming home, and what life is like on the frontline

As the body count of British servicemen killed or wounded rose and the political ramifications of the British army’s presence in Afghanistan became increasingly convoluted, more and more soldiers felt like they didn’t have a voice, or at least, weren’t being listened to. ‘We Are The Not Dead’ is an attempt at giving the brave young men and women the chance to speak.

It’s important to read the captions.

Photographer, journalist and film maker Lalage Snow is from Belfast. She has a degree in ancient history. Visit her web site here. Follow her on Twitter: @lalagesnow.

For the story behind the images see Lalage Snow Gives a Voice to the Faces Behind the War.

Before the effect one believes in different causes than one does after the effect. (Nietzsche)

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