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Lalage Snow’s photo project featuring portraits of British soldiers before, during and after their deployment in Afghanistan.



Lance Corporal Sean Tennant, 29

11th March, Edinburgh

I am looking forward to getting back and for the 6 months to be over. All this talk of being excited to get out there is rubbish. The younger lads will get a shock. I am going to miss flushing toilets and having a long shower whenever I want.

11th June, PB Zeal, Nad Ali

I can’t remember how long I have been here. I was in Babaji before where our compound was under fire a few times. I wasn’t scared though as I have been shot at plenty of times before in Iraq. IED’s are the biggest scare here though. It takes a while to get used to that – and when you are on the ground you eventually realize that not every step you take is going to blow you up. So long as you don’t get complacent.

6th October, Edinburgh

You see them firing at you and it’s like a Mexican stand off. But it’s always an ambush so you get a fright to start with but you just deal with it. You try not to think about it too much otherwise you get yourself wound up. Are we making a difference? One of my friends died and then there are all the boys who’ve been injured…It isn’t worth that. It’s great being back but I’d say I’ve got a shorter fuse now. I ended up arguing with my partner but it’s the small things that can cause that. It’s a funny one. There are small things that can get on your nerves. Supermarkets are bad because there are bright colors and everyone walks about like lemmings. It seems like people don’t have any purpose here.

Photographer Lalage Snow embarked on an 8-month-long project titled We Are The Not Dead featuring portraits of British soldiers before, during and after their deployment in Afghanistan. Snow captures the innocent expressions of these people transformed into gaunt, sullen faces in less than a year. The three-panel juxtaposition allows the viewer to observe the physical changes a stationed soldier in a war zone goes through. Time is sped up for these men and women under the beating sun, amidst combat. Regardless of age, the kids that went in came back as adults with experiences beyond their years. As weathered and worn as their skin or sunken faces may appear, it’s their dilated eyes that are the most telling.
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