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Dec 17, 2011, 10:23:54 AM
Helping Out by tanikel Helping Out by tanikel

U.S. Army Sgt. Lidya Admounabdfany writes down information from a local woman at the Woman's
Center near the Zhari District Center outside of FOB Pasab, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Dec.
17, 2011. Sgt. Admounabdfany is a member of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division's Female
Engagement Team (FET) and is gathering information from women so the FET can distribute blankets
and winter clothing to the women and their families. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck/Released)


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Given 2013-07-13
Helping Out by =tanikel ( Suggested by Great-Name and Featured by 1pen )
This is a beautiful presentation of compassion and understanding from one woman to another. The tears of the lady in the black robe are shed because of the hardships she and her loved ones have had to endure for so long, and because she and her loved ones are receiving relief and supplies after waiting for what may have felt like an eternity to them. The women of the Female Engagement Team, especially Sergeant Admounabdfany, serve as strong and compassionate role models for women who want to make more out of themselves and stand as "camouflaged angels" for this lady and the rest of the families that the FET are helping throughout the Kandahar Province. Sergeant Admounabdfany's expression shows us that she is focused on completing her objectives while humbly serving people less fortunate than her, listening to their needs, and preparing to give them the resources that they need. Spectacular job, and thank you all for the selfless sacrifices you make for me, every other American, and the many other people across the planet who want to enjoy freedom, democracy, love, and compassion.
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As a former Army grunt, I salute you, sister soldier. It's never easy being away from home - especially on deployments. Please keep your head down and return home safely from your deployment(s).

Now, about the frame: I know full well how the Iraqi people were treated when they came to base for medical treatment and such. While some were let through without question, others were subject to harsh profiling; giving way to some raised tensions around our camp. Some of the folks in my unit fed the propaganda machine, claiming they were all terrorists; which I found out through my time on the gate, was not the case. These people were simply looking for a helping hand. Nothing more and nothing less.

This is why I like your frame. You shine a positive light on the indigenous people. They're not all crazy, monkey bar-swinging terrorists looking to hijack planes; they are human beings like us. I know it seems kind of silly to think that, but certain media outlets (particularly one's named after fluffy-tailed animals) can instill that image in the minds of the population with some relative ease.

I think more photos like this should be taken. Put a human face to the misery; show that you, yourself, care about the people and, perhaps, inspire others to see things the same way.
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RowdyRocks909 Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo, you got a well deserved Daily Deviation. :heart:
tanikel Mar 13, 2014   Photographer
Thank you! =D
Orchideacae Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcrphotography: Comment Month

I am going to leave aside all that I've known regarding the facts, I am not going to talk about politics, or military actions in Afghanistan.

I am just going to look at the photo, that speaks of two women,

One has lost everything she has ever had, ever known ,ever loved. And doesn't know, doesn't even bother to think what's in her future, or if there is a future for her.

And the other one, who seems to be a bit touched, though it's not in the description of her duty.

And that is the is what makes it a great moment.
Mouselemur Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer

It's commenting month at :iconcrphotography:

I always like it when a description explains the situation - especially as I'm not at all familiar with the goings-on in the military (even more so considering it's a foreign country to me) :)

There's a lot of concentration going on; the Army sergeant from the overall looks of it, is very much involved; the local woman is either tired, distressed or touched. I must say, the person on the right (knee/shoulder?) is a tad distracting, yet lends the situation in the photo a sense of intimacy - which compliments the photo.

I can't help but notice though, you wrote down the full name of the Army sergeant, but the full name isn't on her uniform?

tanikel Jan 21, 2014   Photographer
Thank you for the comment!  :hug:

No worries.  I'm not going to lie, it's not covered on the news stations much, even over here.  Everyone always catches that dang knee.  The camouflage was supposed to hide it!  :shakefist:  :giggle:  I can always lie and say that it was placed there to add depth, bt I honestly wasn't paying attention to my surroundings. 

Yep!  Writing their full names is a part of what's required for our captions.  I also think that her name was too long for the seamstresses to sew on to her name tape. 
DinamiQ Jan 13, 2014  Student Photographer
:iconcrphotography:'s comment month!:)

Well, I'm in a qite difficult situation here... I know, I could talk about all the tehnical stuff like light or focus and so on, but it's not the case here. All are very good; the image is well centered, the light is great, you have some nice details on the hair and the uniform and the fact that the old woman is covered in a slight shadow makes the image more expresive. What bothers me a little is that shoulder in the right side but that's nothing because the scene itself is soooo eye-catching that it took me like six or seven minutes to observe it. 

I can't say more than "I love this picture" and more than the picture, the idea within. That we are here to help the poeple around us;  no matter who they are, we mustn't generalize an unfortunate exemple and say that they are all terorists or murderers or thievs! :D 

Great picture! Keep up the good work! Clap 
tanikel Jan 21, 2014   Photographer
Thank you for the comment!  :glomp:

I loved shooting over there, the lighting was always great (the white wall acted as an excellent reflector).  Agreed about the leg, I didn't notice it until after I took the picture and this was the best one out of the bunch.  :shakefish:
The subject is very interesting because of its reality and implications. I like how the picture is composed, with the soldier on one of the thirds' intersection and beautifully lit. The woman's stance is very natural and emotional, and the fact that you don't see her face adds to the emotion. I am slightly bothered by the other soldier on the foreground and think that, although the picture would have looked maybe less candid, it would have been better without this distracting element.

Great shot !
tanikel Jan 13, 2014   Photographer
Thank you!  And I agree about the other Soldier's
leg in the foreground, it wasn't something I wasn't
thinking of at the time.  Thankfully I've improved on
that...sometimes.  :giggle:
Malleni-Stock Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great moment you have captured, a well deserved DD. Congratulations! :nod:
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