that feeling is escaping


Peter van Agtmael’s artist website here. Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 8.34.28 PMPeter van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire: American Wars 2013-2014.

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 8.34.40 PMPeter van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire: American Wars 2013-2014.

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 8.35.38 PMPeter van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire: American Wars 2013-2014.

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 8.34.52 PMPeter van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire: American Wars 2013-2014.

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 8.35.14 PMPeter van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire: American Wars 2013-2014.

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 8.35.29 PMPeter van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire: American Wars 2013-2014.

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 8.34.20 PMPeter van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire: American Wars 2013-2014.

Screen shot 2014-06-30 at 8.35.02 PMPeter van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire: American Wars 2013-2014.

There was a time when I would obsessively spend my nights looking at war photographs. Then a time where I told myself I would never forget what that time was like. Nearly two years he has been back and I find myself forgetting about those excruciatingly long 10 months – and about all the boys who have lived in this time since then. Thank you, Peter van Agtmael for reminding me.


[the power of the photograph, propels one to a specific time and a specific place. Not just to what is shown but to what that image represents to who is looking]

not to be ignored.


used to spend a lot of time looking at photographs of the war in Afghanistan, searching for some sort of insight or information that would tell me exactly what it was like. Although I did find some incredible images (many that I showed here), the moment I saw these photographs by artist Dima Gavrysh, I found what I had been looking for.. a nuanced yet powerful glimpse of the emotional side of war. 
"SOLDIERS OF ZEROK"Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Soldiers of Zerok

Inshallah_Dima_Gavrysh_DG_002_600Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

Inshallah_Dima_Gavrysh_DG_007_600Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

Inshallah_Dima_Gavrysh_DG_021_600Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

Inshallah_Dima_Gavrysh_DG_008_600Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

Inshallah_Dima_Gavrysh_DG_016_600Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

Photo by Dima Gavrysh. (C)2011.Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

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Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

Inshallah_Dima_Gavrysh_DG_019_600Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

Inshallah_Dima_Gavrysh_DG_023_600Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

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Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Inshallah 

"SOLDIERS OF ZEROK"
Dima Gavrysh, Untitled from Soldiers of Zerok

Dima Gavrysh’s Artist Website Here. 

far, far away


Looking at photographs of the Afghanistan War is always a sobering experience for me. Since my brother has been deployed, I seem to see his face in every photograph so sometimes I almost don’t want to look. But then, I think of all the people who seem to go about their day to day, without thinking about our boys overseas and I force myself to see and feel, hope and pray.

       

Balazs Gardi, Untitled from the project Basetrack, (iphone photography using Hipstamatic filter) artistwebsite.

Larry Towell, Untitled from Crisis in Afghanistan, 2004

Peter Van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire artistwebsite.

Peter Van Agtmael, Untitled from Inside the Wire artistwebsite.

Lynsey Addario, Korengal Valley, Afghanistan 2008 artistwebsite.

Benjamin Lowy, Untitled from Iraq Perspectives II artistwebsite.

Adam Ferguson, A US Army soldier in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, 2009. artistwebsite.

Adam Ferguson, Soldiers from Bravo Company  in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan. 2009 artistwebsite.

this is no time for sleep.


Tim Hetherington, Lizama, Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan from Sleeping Soldier Portraits 2008 lookatmore.

Louie Palu, Panjwaii, Kandahar, Afghanistan 2010. visitartistwebsite.

Greg Girard, Squadron Ready Room, Kunsan Air Base, Korea 2008 visitartistwebsite.

trolley


Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, Lynsey Addario, 2007

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN, Lynsey Addario, 2005

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This year the holidays certainly have gained a new meaning with my  brother overseas fighting for our country. With the packed malls, blaring christmas tunes and abundance of clever advertisements, its hard not to get caught up in all the hype of the commercial aspects of Christmas.  But remember Christmas ultimately is about being near the ones you love, celebrating life, love, kindness, religion, peace and whatever traditions that mean the most to you. So cherish all the happiness around you and take a moment to appreciate those who sacrifice everyday so that you have that freedom to live your life to the fullest. Know that on Christmas day, maybe all our soldiers want.. is a hot shower and a strong enough internet connection to skype the ones they miss. That certainly puts my holiday in perspective.

gravity of catastrophe


An-My Lê, 29 palms: Night Operations I, gelatin silver print 2003-04

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