27 November 2012

How war changes people

Something a bit more serious this week. When photographer Claire Felicie's son planned to join the marine's she spent a lot of time thinking about what impact that might have on him. As a result of that she came up with a plan to photograph the faces of 20 Dutch Marines before, during, and after their tour of duty in Afghanistan. Only 12 months passed between the first and the last photo, but the lives of these men saw a lot of action. Ms Felicie wanted to see if the marks war left on these men could be seen on their faces.

It's clear there are environmental factors (sun, wind...), but are there other changes as well?

More photos & commentary here.

As a writer this raised some interesting thoughts about character building, and on how events in the characters lives (both on & off the page) might be written on their faces.

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