Photo Essay: Looking Home, at War
I would like to share with you all the photo essay Adam about U.S. Army Infantry troops in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province.
I found myself challenged by how to tell a story. Patrols had been short and infrequent, interaction between soldiers was sparse and didn’t translate into revealing pictures, and there was little engagement with Afghan civilians. Here I was four kilometers from the volatile and strategic Afghanistan/Pakistan border and I couldn’t conceptualize a visual story. Amid the down time, I sat in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Room where I would watch the soldiers use the Internet to connect to the outside world. I’d hear soldiers have softly spoken arguments with wives or girlfriends, tones of longing in their discussions. Plans were forged, laughter, as well as love and friendship being both exchanged and broken. After being privy to this, it occurred to me that this phenomenon was the story itself. It wasn’t an obvious narrative about war- the angst and boredom in longing to be home- but that is war. The faces of young men gazing into computer screens using Facebook and talking on Skype epitomize this sense of boredom and longing, so I went about capturing the expressions of soldiers distracted through a technology that connects them to something abstract, yet affords them the comfort in looking home, at war.
When I looked at Adam's portrait images, I found young men with tired and exhausted face. I am sorry for them who was sent to Afghanistan to kill by senseless American politicians.
I wonder what America politicians achieved after these ten long years invasion and killing?
More peace? I doubt it.
I was born and brought up in Iran, a beautiful country full of history.