Before. During. After. After.

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Photographer Lalage Snow takes pictures of soldiers’ faces before, during and after the war in Afghanistan.


Source: Mme Scherzo

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  1. I can’t like this – it’s too close to memories of Matt in Baghdad. Those eyes are haunted, exhausted, tired of staring at the horrid images that play in a constant loop behind their eyes.

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  2. hope they get their “before” back someday

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  3. He looks like three different people, with about ten years between the first and last picture. No wonder so many of these soldiers have ended up needing psychiatric treatment when they’re come home. There’s such deep sadness, cynicism, and a loss of innocence in that final shot.

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  4. His eyes look weary. Like he’s seen too much….

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  5. Haggard is the first word that springs to mind, and boy, as others have noted, the eyes truly are the windows to the soul. The anguish in this young man’s face is palpable. I’m often struck by photos of the president before he takes office and after he departs. Admittedly not the same kind of stress, but intense stress and the weight of responsibility nonetheless. The toil it takes…undeniable….

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  6. 🙂

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  7. Horribly sad that even a single person ever needs to endure such horror…that such brightness and light can be turned to sorrow and darkness. It hurts my heart to think that people need to carry such things with them through all the rest of their lives after experiencing war. 😦

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    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  9. It’s a sad commentary on man, in that he is still waging war after all of the centuries of his existence. But this post is important in that most people do not see the sad and unhealthy transformation war has even on those who appear to come out of it unscathed. Support the troops whenever and however you can and be grateful that they have done what you would not.

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  10. Amazing…and so sad. His eyes just say it all.

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  11. That is amazing…. I can’t put into words all the thoughts that come to me looking at that series of photos. Thank you.

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  12. It’s all in the eyes..haunting to think of what those eyes have witnessed.

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  13. lkanigan says:

    This sure gives truth to the saying “a picture is worth a 1000 words.”

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  14. So simple. So powerful.

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  15. Blessing and thanks to those who serve us so bravely. How can we repay them for what they and done and do, and bring life back into their lives?

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  16. Is it the picture of same person. Eyes obviously depict what the soul feels. Good, bad, pride for fighting their country or haunting memories.

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  17. Reblogged this on Base Baby Blogger.

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  18. You wonder what the people in the countries face . ..

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  19. Alex Jones says:

    War is hard on the mind.

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  20. I am a face profiler and I lost my brother in Afghanistan. Looking at those faces tells me about the insidious effects of trauma and loss and suffering and the shear horror of war.
    It also tells me about the macnificent men who choose the slight of soldiering irrespective of what others may think.
    I stand humbled before heroes because they inspire us to be greater than we think we are.
    They have the gift of self-motivation.

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