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Spc. Justin Phillips, a Bossier City, La., native, with Bravo Company, 2nd Squadron, 38th Cavalry
Regiment, 504th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, interacts with a child during a key leader engagement
in Ganjitsu Kalay, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, 30 Sep., 2011. Key leader engagements allow coalition
forces the opportunities to meet with local elders and leaders of tribes to learn about issues in their
communities and be able to offer help in finding solutions. U.S. forces cleared 14 improvised explosive
devices from this child’s village while conducting this operation. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)

:bulletwhite: The boy in the photo can be seen in Crippled.


This photo is what inspired me to start my series of photos based on The Other Side of the War. There's so
much more that I wanted to write, but the previous sentence sums it up so much better than a wall of text.
Take a moment out of your day to chat with a stranger - you never know how much of an impact you could make.

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:icongiannisj:
GiannisJ Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Professional Photographer
:clap:
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:iconnartikarts:
NartikArts Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Do you even take photos about the real life doings of soldiers, or earn you the blood money of a big propaganda Champagne?
The pict is nice, but that shows not the real life of war! 
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015   Photographer
I do indeed.  This photo is just one of many moments in Afghanistan.  ;)
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:iconnartikarts:
NartikArts Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ok i understand. So your photo shows one of the beautiful short moments?!  :| (Blank Stare) Wink/Razz 
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015   Photographer
This one does.  The ugly moments made something as common as a man sitting and talking with a kid special.  Or maybe I'm just a sentimental mother, haha.  
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:icondebasishphotos:
DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful. Nice contrast of the objects. 
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015   Photographer
Thank you!
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:icondebasishphotos:
DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Nod :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconhosagu:
hosagu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015   Photographer
:party:
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:iconhosagu:
hosagu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconkatiriot:
katiriot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
i love your photos so much. they're incredible! so many of them are breath taking and heart warming. keep it up! be it military photos or not, it seems like you have an eye for this
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014   Photographer
Thank you.  :blush:
I love photographing seemingly uncanny moments like this, especially in Afghanistan.  =D
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:iconwowchick1990:
WoWChick1990 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes me smile to see such a soft heart from such a strong man.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Photographer
=D
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:iconwintersread:
WintersRead Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Photographer
Suggested!
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:iconruntofthelitter:
RuntOfTheLitter Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
''2'' GOOD!!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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synyster-gates-A7X Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great photo!
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:iconkapala01:
kapala01 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist
This is a great capture! I like seeing these non-combat military pictures.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Photographer
Thank you! 
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czmAvery Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG THIS IS SO CUUUUTE~~~ :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart:
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!  =D
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:iconnomiloveu:
nomiloveu Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student Photographer
This is an incredible shot. Absolutely beautiful :)
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014   Photographer
Thank you.  Even after all these years, it's one of my favorites.  =D
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:iconnomiloveu:
nomiloveu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Photographer
I'm not surprised! :D
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:iconhosagu:
hosagu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014   Photographer
Oh wow, thanks!  :dance:
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:iconpakpolaris:
PakPolaris Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fear & Indifference
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Photographer
I'm not seeing it, but okay. 
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:icon3ihard:
3ihard Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Get some shoes to this poor kid.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Photographer
Oh trust me, we did. 
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:icon3ihard:
3ihard Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014   Digital Artist
lemme shake your hand then
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:iconlmomjian:
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Photographer
Thanks.
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing image
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!
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:icontheheek:
theheek Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
most welcome
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:iconlitaliano-vero:
LItaliano-Vero Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Amazing photo. So many people take their freedoms for granted. Thank you Spc. Phillips and all the brave and compassionate armed service people who put their lives on the line everyday to preserve those freedoms.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014   Photographer
Thank YOU!  I can't speak for all service members, but a good chunk
of us love what we do.  =D
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Silvermoonswan Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Here is :iconsnazzyphotography:

I cant find the right words. Its amazing, but sad too. I want to protect the little boy. He looks so poor with his barfooted feets and his filthy clothes. When i look at this picture, i feel like i have to protect the child. Maybe the man wanted that to. I hope nobody hurt this two persons.

The photo is amazing. Really really stunning. Emotional good work!

Here are your stars!

1000000000000000 of 5 Stars (:
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Photographer
Aw, thank you so much!  I wish we could have done more for the boy,
but they were in such a remote location, that it wasn't possible.  =(
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Silvermoonswan Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Understand that :/
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Rol-n Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

We were the first unit mobilized in Baltimore for OEF, thanks for this photography; it reminds me of the Nobel Cause we once championed, in defeating such butchers of civilized world. I am following you now, Roland - (SSG DELL, ret.)

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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Photographer

Thank you for both your comment and your service! 
I appreciate you folks who went in first, it was one of
the roughest parts of the war. 

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ican-output Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You have the eye for capturing moments. Lovely.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013   Photographer
Thank you!  It's taken a lot of work to get to where I am now. 
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   Photographer
Could be, but 'm speaking for the guys in the chairs.  Us little guys, we're human.  :shrug:
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