Marked: Portraits of Soldiers Before, During, and After War 0

We all know that wars have mostly negative effects on people. The soldiers are fighting for a reason: for democracy, to end terrorism, to liberate a nation from a dictator’s rule. These soldiers are also the ones with their lives on the line.

In perhaps one of the most interesting photography projects ever made, Marked definitely takes the cake for being the most moving and meaningful series of portraits I’ve seen so far.

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For Marked, Claire Felicie shot close-up portraits of soldiers before, during, and after their deployment from 2009 to 2010. The marines were from the 13th infantry company of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps.

Felicie then arranged the photos into triptychs to show the physical effect that wars have on the people at forefront.

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In a way, the portraits are incredibly haunting. You see some of the soldiers attempt a smile or two, but mostly you see their hardened expressions and extremely tired eyes.

It might sound like a bit of cliche, but I hope that the new year brings in more peace for all of mankind. Like they say, a little bit of love and compassion will definitely go a long way.

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