The world has been at war since we were born and will still be at it long after we’re all dead.
On a daily basis we are bombarded with images and testimonies of the “collateral damage” of war. The men and women behind the cross-hairs are often forgotten. Warfare has become so deeply embedded in our economy and day-to-day that we often think of the soldiers as simply professionals doing their job.
Conflict in the Falklands and later in Operation Desert Storm brought home the deep psychological effects warfare can have on trained professionals.
In her work, We Are The Not Dead, Lalage Snow captures the physical transformation of British soldiers over a period of eight months, before, during and after their operational deployment in Afghanistan. With sun-damaged skin and dilated eyes, the soldiers transform from boys to men in just three portraits.
Private Chris MacGregor, 24
Private Ben Frater, 21
Lance Corporal Sean Tennant, 29
Corporal Steven Gibson, 29
Second Lieutenant Struan Cunningham, 24
Private Fraiser Pairman, 21
Second Lieutenant Adam Petzsch, 25
Private Jo Yavala, 28
Lance Corporal David McLean, 27
Private Steven Anderson, 31
Sergeant Alexander McBroom, 24
Private Matthew Hodgson, 18