Haunting ‘Before, During & After’ Photos of War Veterans
While the emotional repercussions of war aren’t easy to measure, these before, during and after photos of soldiers who have seen combat tell a pretty unsettling story.
The series captures the innocent expressions of these men transformed into gaunt, sullen faces in less than a year.
They are part of a series of portraits photographer Lalage Snow took of British soldiers over a period of eight months, before, during and after their operational deployment in Afghanistan. The series, titled, “We Are The Not The Dead,” captures the innocent expressions of these men transformed into gaunt, sullen faces in less than a year.
Regardless of age, the boys that went in came back as men with experiences beyond their years. As weathered and worn as their skin or sunken in faces may appear, it’s their dilated eyes that are the most telling.
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 frontlines of the war in Afghanistan.
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