I don’t know if you have seen these pictures, but I want you to if you have not.
These war veterans (who were gravely injured while serving in Afghanistan & Iraq) have been photographed by Bryan Adams, who is more famous for his musical career of-course. But he wants people to see him as a photographer and wants them to see the truth of wars and to never forget those who fought them. There is no make-up, no filters, all you see is the stark nakedness of war scars that remain with them.
Bryan’s Grandfather had been in both the world wars however Bryan himself has never served in the army. The singer and photographer is vociferously against war and has been inspired by some of his own relatives for his cause.
For more of these photos by Bryan Adams you should go to the Independent’s site where they have put up quite a few of them. Sure, war is no longer glorified as before but it continues to be justified. These photographs rightfully capture what war leaves the participants with.
I obviously do not own any rights to the photos but was captivated by these photographs taken by Adams and felt like sharing them. If you are in London, you can even go and see the exhibition, the entry is free. Here is the schedule.
These photos reminded me of the poetry of the once young now dead poet Wilfred Owen. His poems described vividly the futility, the despair and the horror of war. And while I am tempted to share his poetry, for now, I will end this with a simple quote:
“I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity”Dwight D. Eisenhower