They say the real war start after the war.
“We are not youth any longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world, and we had to shoot it to pieces.”
In his All Quiet On The Western Front, Remarque describes the bitterness during World War 1 but nothing has changed since that time. These words stay true even on our days because war and the destructive consequences it brings with it never change.
In the framework of his 8-month project called “We Are The Not Dead” Afghanistani-based photographer Lalage Snow portrays British soldiers before, during, and after the war. The portraits show the stages of astonishment-bitterness-indifference in the faces of the soldiers. It shows how war looks on the living man and how much the expression of their faces change after seeing the horror of death.
Snow’s series portrays not only the bravery of all these soldiers but is also aimed at pointing out how much of a psychological impact the war has on the person’s life and how they return as someone new, someone who doesn’t have anything in common with their former selves. In many of the portraits, this very fact is seen in the eyes of soldiers that tell a whole different story, a story of an on-going nightmare. Even the most courageous men experience fear especially those who have seen these all and already know what to fear.