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Hardened stares, averted gazes – these are the portraits documenting the changes war inflicts on its serving soldiers. While the pictures – of Dutch Marines before, during and after deployment in Afghanistan – may not be shocking at first, they subtly hint at the soldiers' inner transformations. They are the work of Dutch photographer Claire Felicie, who followed 20 marines between October 2009 and September 2010 to see if their faces were altered by their experiences.
The changes weren’t the same – some looked scarier, others looked more mature. 'I don’t think what one face showed was the same with all the boys. But there were real changes. ‘The boys were saying they didn’t want to talk about things, but I could see it on their faces.’ Their personas were different each time she met them along their journey, Felicie said.
I doubt the Dutch saw much action compared to the US forces
Are we really daft enough to think active service doesn't change people?.