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BBC looks at the work of disabled photographer Giles Duley

Sep 9, 2012 at 04:55 GMT

The BBC has published an interesting article examining the life and work of British photographer Giles Duley. Duley, a documentary photographer, lost both of his legs and one arm in an explosion near Kandahar, Afghanistan, in 2011, while on a patrol with US forces. He survived, and is currently covering the Paralympic Games in London. The article describes Duley's protracted recovery and the ways in which he has adapted to his new life as a triple-amputee in order to return to photography. 

According to Duley, one of the hardest things to cope with during his recovery was the 'strict military regime' at a specialist army hospital in the UK. 'I'm a very private person and suddenly my whole life was public, and all I wanted was my independence back. I couldn't even sit in a room on my own for almost a year.'

The article describes how Duley tried to recover a semblance of control over his life by picking up his camera again, and turning the lens on himself for a graphic self-portrait that he titles his 'Greek Statue' photograph.

'People who look at Greek statues never say it's a shame because they're not complete.' 

Giles Duley, who lost three limbs in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan in 2011, is back at work after a painful recovery, and is currently covering the Paralympic Games in London. 

Photo: Giles Duley 

After more than thirty operations to repair damage caused by the explosion, Duley is finally back at work, covering the work of the technicians that maintain the wheelchairs and prosthetics used by the competitors at this year's Paralympic Games. 

Duley is covering the works of the specialist technicians and prosthetists who maintain the equipment used by the para-atheletes in this year's Paralympic Games.

Photo: Giles Duley

Although realistic about the things he can no longer do, the BBC article describes Duley's belief that in the long run his work will be enriched by his disabilities. 'It means I'm going to have to focus even more on the connection with people. It's an unspoken art and an unspoken skill, but I'm convinced I'll be better than ever at that.'

Giles Duley at work at the 2012 Paralympic Games, in London.  

Photo: PA