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)
My military imagery is available for public domain. As the photographer, I don't have control over
how you may use it, but I ask that it be done with respect to the individuals represented here.
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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What a well-deserved DD!
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.
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?
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! 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.
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.
leg in the foreground, it wasn't something I wasn't
thinking of at the time. Thankfully I've improved on
- Congrats on the DD!
Have a nice day!
From a VN Vet...SMF ET 1 SS USN.
what about building roads? adequate hospitals, efficient medical care, efficient schools, plumbing services?
These Afganistanian people defeat Alexander, the british, the russians, and now the americans
don't they ever learn from vietnam?
i suppose NOT