Iraq 2003 (be advised: graphic scene)

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  1. Efergoh

    Efergoh TPF Noob!

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    These photos were taken long before I became interested in photography. Some of the photos are grainy and pixilated because they have been scanned/resized/converted/etc over the last couple of years, and yes, they all have a date stamp on them. Like I said, I was not really interested in photography at the time, and some of the pics were taken by team mates to whom I passed the camera.

    I was busy fighting a war, but trying to document it at the same time...

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    Interesting shots. It's funny but you don't think of rain in Iraq. The hummer stuck in the mud speaks otherwise.

    Glad you made it back safe.
     
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    Is that someone's separated corpse? :(
     
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    Actually, that wasn't from rain. That was a (not quite) dry river bed. Leave it to my driver to find the only stinking mud puddle in the whole damned country. We were stuck to our friggin axles.

    A fallen Iraqi. For the ones who stood and fought...and subsequently died, I have a decent amount of respect. Most of them ran or hid behind women and children. Photography (photojournalism anyway) is real. War is real. Death is real. Horrible death is real.
     
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    Oh, I see.
     
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    That's heavy **** right there.
     
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    Photography, war and death are pretty real things, when they're not being used as semantics that is. I was just hopping through some old posts hunting for a bit of inspiration today and I must admit that I was a bit shocked to find that you had shot someone, photographed it and then posted it on the internet bragging about how 'real' you are, not exactly inspiring I must admit, I hope your fellow soldiers had more respect for the human lives they took.
     
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    I got no feeling the poster was bragging over anything. This forum is for photojournalisitc images. Please leave the editorial comments out of your posts, especially with sensitive images like these that are likely to cause emotional reactions in us all.

    Regardless, some of these images are disturbing in nature and you might be better served having a "graphic" warning in your subject.
     
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    Efergoh, you have a PM. :D
     
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    Don't get me wrong here, I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with the image, in fact I think it's a good photojournalistic image as it makes you look twice to see what's going on and then recoil when you click that it's only one body, very good impact. It's just that I felt the 'gung-ho' attitude to murder was very crass and frankly inhumane
     
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    Well, it wasn't like I pulled the trigger, pulled over and snapped the photo. After this particular skirmish, we were in this position for a full day. After things were secure, I began taking pictures.

    I must admit I'm a bit shocked that you would find what I posted as bragging. Maybe I should just shut my lips and do nothing more than post photos of fluffy puppies.

    It would have been murder if he wasn't trying to end my life. It would have been murder if he wasn't armed. There is no murder in mutual combat...lots of killing, but it is not murder.

    By the way, the 'gung-ho attitude' is what got me through and got me home.

    War itself is not humane. If you believe that it is, I have some very noce oceanfront property in Arizona that I would like to offer you for sale.
     
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    so do you.
     
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