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Breaking Barriers by tanikel Breaking Barriers by tanikel

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 )
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. :-)
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
WendyMitchell Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconwonderful-world: Congratulations! This work has been included in our latest Wonderful Wednesdays feature…
tanikel Featured By Owner May 3, 2014   Photographer
Oh wow, thank you so much!
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well done soldier.
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tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   Photographer
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Ya :nod:
Mizabel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Amazing. I always love a good story between two people. Thanks for sharing.
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014   Photographer
Thanks! Photos like this one have been a joy to share. =D
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