Talk about a transformation.
War changes you. Just about any veteran can tell you that. An astonishing number of veterans suffer traumatic brain injuries and Post-traumatic stress disorder.
In her "We Are Not Dead" series, photojournalist Lalage Snow shows the shocking transformation soldiers go through before, during, and after tours of duty in Afghanistan.
The physical changes are astonishing. War is cruel to the men and women who fight in them, there's no doubt about it. Soldiers often have to detach themselves emotionally, leading to higher rates of depression, alcoholism, and suicide.
Snow's goal was to was to make the experience of war personal, to make the viewer understand it through the faces of those who were fighting. She tried not to pass any judgment over the rights and wrongs of war.
This is just soldiers, up close and personal.
This article was originally published at Higher Perspectives. Reprinted with permission from the author.