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U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Charles Cook, 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division (right) talks with an older village man (left) at Mullayan, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Nov. 1, 2011. Command Sgt. Maj. Cook had been chatting with the older man about what has been going on in the village and asking how his people are faring. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)

Take some time out of your day to chat with a stranger. A little bit of kindness can go a long way.
Be genuine in your words and actions. You never know how you're going to affect someone else.

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Breaking Barriers by =tanikel ( Suggested by FreyaPhotos and Featured by xbastex )
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First off, the entire picture is amazing. I love the vision it represents, showing people that those in the USA military ARE huamn beings.
This picture right here show two humans, two people, sitting side by side. Regardless of skin color or where they were born; things like this is how it's supposed to be.
I think the technique is very good; the picture is at the right angle to see both of them and see their expressions without being zoomed in on only their faces.
Overall I love the impact, it really makes me love this picture and what it represents and shows. Compassion is evident; thank you for posting such a wonderful picture. :love:
And congratulations on the DD!! I don't feel I have much to say for a critique, because it's just such a good picture! :heart:
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Unless sarge knows a bit of dari, pashto, or any other language used in Afghanistan, and/or the old Afghan knows a bit of english, chatting will be difficult.
But it's nice trying. :-)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014   Photographer
Yep, CSM knows some Pashtu, though I'm not sure how much.  We had a few roaming interpreters, so I think they got helped not long after I left.  We ended up building a good rapport with them, they loved watching me and the squadron photographer play-spar during breaks and sharing our photos with them.  The kids quickly learned who visited with goodies in their pockets.  =D
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WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconwonderful-world: Congratulations! This work has been included in our latest Wonderful Wednesdays feature www.deviantart.com/journal/Won…
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner May 3, 2014   Photographer
Oh wow, thank you so much!
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Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well done soldier.
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Wow
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   Photographer
=D
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Ya :nod:
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:iconmizabel:
Mizabel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Amazing. I always love a good story between two people. Thanks for sharing.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   Photographer
Thanks! Photos like this one have been a joy to share. =D
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ShowMeTheCarFacts Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply inspiring, thank you.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014   Photographer
:hug:
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bobcat303 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The effect of this is incredible. One thing I would suggest - to be honest, I'm not sure if this is workable, though...is maybe if the two figures were more far off into the distance from the viewer? That would sure be interesting....but the piece already looks pretty good :). Congratulations on the DD, you deserve it!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014   Photographer
No worries!  Your suggestion is how I normally shoot, but there was a
10 foot drop off right behind me.  Not a fall I'd like to have with so much
gear on.  ;p

Thank you!  I honestly wasn't expecting it.  =D
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bobcat303 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! And yeah, that explains it xD It looks really good anyways though. Keep up the good work! :)
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Peace, love, freedom.
Why military people, often young guys, have to kill innocent people and risk their lives because of those corrupted politicians?
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013   Photographer
Because the politicians don't have the balls to do it themselves.  =/
Things would be so much more different if they had to perform the actions
of their demands. 
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Mistikfantasy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
indeed...
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one situation resulting from removing national borders. Here's some others:

Soldiers from China come into North America and slaughter civilians; terrorists fly into Israel and Europe and demolish entire cities.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013   Photographer
Unfortunately it happens.  Many of us don't like it, but we can't exactly control anyone but ourselves. 
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joeisbadass Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed
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1aundulxaldin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
Wonderful pic. The best thing about the photo is all the contrasts I see between the two people in terms of appearance.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013   Photographer
Thanks!  It's one thing that I found funny when I was downrange.  The reality is definitely different than what is depicted on the news stations. 
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ksdestiny Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i think this work is very full of meaning and emotions.....is great, i don't know what words use for describe it....
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013   Photographer
Thank you.  It was definitely hard to write. 
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ksdestiny Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i can imagine, no problem!!! :3333
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kuda14 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   Photographer
Thank you.
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amipal Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
There's a genuine connection going on between these two men, even if they do not fully understand what the other is saying. And you've captured it brilliantly. Superb work, and a very good composition. :+fav:
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013   Photographer

Thank you!

 

Looking back, I wish I had gotten lower or used a wider angle for it, would've made for a more dynamic photo.  xD

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:iconamipal:
amipal Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No, your height was fine - I think if you'd lowered it, all we would have seen was the soldier's boot! ;)
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tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013   Photographer
Mmmm...poop and dust.  :giggle:
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Elenfrog Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Oh, this picture is wonderful... Thank you for posting this.
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Laura-Skeff Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How come they communicate? Does the old man speak English, or they talk mainly through gestures? It's a great picture from a special moment, by the way.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013   Photographer
CSM Cook knows bits and pieces of Pashtu, but a lot of communicating we did that day was through gesticulation if an interpreter wasn't nearby. 
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Friend-Owl Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
It's unfortunate how the actions of a small group can negatively overshadow the kindness and gifts of humanity of entire cultures and countries. That's why it's all the more special to see works like this to remind us that we're all the same in a way, thanks for sharing <3
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tanikel Featured By Owner May 16, 2013   Photographer
That's so true...for any country or group. It's experiences like this that have me fighting to go back as soon as I can deploy again.
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Apsurdistan Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
America - fuck yeah! Fuck the browns, long live democracy, hot dog and ipod.
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Atropos907 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Thank you for sharing these
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GrummanCat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I LOVE these images! I wish everyone in the world could see this.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Photographer
Me, too.
It's why I tried to take as many 'human moments' as I could while I was out there. I believed the stories of the news before I got out there, so seeing things like these blew me away. I was surprised at how kind the villagers were!
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zomfibame Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
nice image
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The-Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
That's awesome!
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot
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gjheitz Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
The picture is worth a thousand words...
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Kittylyn-Donut Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a great piece of photography!

I would have loved it more if it had been taken from low angle view : The framing is slightly oriented to the left, and we see someone's shoe.
Besides, I think it would have stressed the expressionof their eyes. saying that, you probably could not say "hey guys, I want to try a low angle view, don't woory if I am here, just stay natural uhuh" =p

Colors are great and the symmetry between smiles is perfect.

It must be difficult to catch people, and you have catched an emotion, at lasat it means an emotion for me

congrats!
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I hope it helps :3

Keep on posting these kind of works, it is the best exemple of remembrance for people . Perhaps it is old-fashioned and I am too lyrical, but that's the way I see things.

Kitty'
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tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your critique!
I didn't even notice the shoe. Dx

Most of my photos from moments like these are taken from the kneel and (hopefully!) before the subjects notice what I'm doing, haha. I've been caught too many times and end up with stiff poses or the overly chipper smile. You learn to be a ninja with the camera, sometimes not even bringing it to your eye to get those discreet shots. xD
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Kittylyn-Donut Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome :3
Ah, ah, I laughed a lot reading the ninja part :D. I experience the same with my cats when they make things they should not(Oh, you wanna take a photograph of me? So I won't keep on doing what I was doing. I do prefer to be a nice pussy in front of the camera. Watch me, I'm so nice and beautiful. Was doing nothing wrong.honest!),
I imagine how difficult it must be with human beings XD
Perhaps you should create a term for it. What about "the blind-ninja-kneeled position"?
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tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   Photographer
Hahahahahahaha! Cats are the devil!
People are worse, but that's just because I'm not much of a people-person.
One of the public-affairs guys I worked with just called it "G-ing". xD
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Kittylyn-Donut Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
=^.^= Indeed!
Well, the G-stuff is a good pun, I adopt it :)
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