We Are Not Dead
What it is
Photographer Lalage Snow photographed and interviewed members of 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland before they were sent to Afghanistan, after three months’ service, and days after they returned home and put the result together in an exhibition that makes patent the accelerated physical and emotional wear and tear that of each and every soldier are altered after just 3 months in combat.
Why it is Cool
Because it is an extremely powerful way to show the deep – and mostly ineradicable – changes that a soldier undergoes after having been to war, and thus expose the need for a better understanding of their behaviour pre and post war service and, above all, act on the learnings in both a preventative and palliative way.
And also because if many politicians tend to turn a blind eye to the dreadful consequences of their rash decisions, then the general population has more of a chance of opening theirs and exert pressure on them to honour war veterans by taking better care of their physical and emotional wounds.