Soldiers expressions are captured before, during, and after war. A photo series by filmmkaer Lalange Snow is impacting Veterans across the globe. A one shot moment photo series captured the expression and changes in each individual after being in war. The series titled “We Are The Not Dead,” highlights the physical and psychological toll that war takes on a person, just by showing their face at different stages in the journey.
Snow photographed and interviewed 14 members of 1st Battalion from The Royal Regiment of Scotland more than once through a span of time in their placement in Afghanistan. Close up photos were taken of the soldiers faces just before they left for duty, as well as three months after deployment while they were in the middle of the war, and then again one final time days after they came back home from battle.
Interviews with the soldiers in the photo series revealed that they lived through some trauma, and many of them expressed regrets about their time in the military. It is extremely common for soldiers to come back from war with PTSD, a psychological condition that affects people who are exposed to extreme and violent situations. In the case of the soldiers interviewed for this project, many of them came back home and struggled with mental health and readjusting to life as a civilian.
Snow hopes to unmask what is often forgotten for citizens safe, and disconnected from the harsh realities of life in war.