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Pathways to War Photography

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posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 09:55 AM
I've been an amateur photographer for some time and had recently been offered a job as a professional photographer. I took it of course! And for that some time as mentioned, I've been interested in war photography.

If I were given the chance to travel to a warzone for photography, I'd do it. I want that given chance to become a reality, some time soon.

I'm an Australian, and for those Australians who may be reading this - you may understand what I'm about to say.

Our soldiers are the Middle East's problem - according to our leaders. The only time we ever hear about our soldiers is when they've been killed - no disrespect intended in any way. What I'd like to see is increased media coverage on just what goes on over there, exposing the reality of war and also the mateship present - why and for what our men fight. Even just day to day life of a soldier's deployment. Our government makes it out like they don't exist, like no one cares (in reality, we do) and the only thing worth reporting is the increasing casualty numbers.

I'm sure that this isn't just an Australian problem. Europeans, Americans, you name it - those who are deployed - what are they doing? What's going on where they are? Society rarely knows. How are we supposed to morally support soldiers when we can hardly associate with them in any way unless they're family or they're another casualty?

I've always wanted to make a difference in the world, since I was old enough to understand the basic mechanics of life, always wanted to make a lasting difference - make my short life worth living. Though I'm still young, I want to make a difference.

I want to contribute to the lives of our soldiers, let them know that someone back home cares about them and what they do. To show a nation just what these people are like, and to see that there's no such higher honour than that to serve one's country and her interests.

I am writing this to ask, has anyone here ever had some sort of experience with conflict journalism, war photography or the like?

I've read a fair few personal accounts and stories of war photographers - they don't seem to allude as to how they got into it, besides the embedded journalists.

Freelance would be a last resort.

I'm thinking of speaking to my colleague who may have some connections to point me in the right direction. Before that, I'd like to see what you guys have to say.
edit on 25/9/2012 by Sierra312 because: Wording

posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 10:15 AM
reply to post by Sierra312

PM this bloke.....he's a good friend of mine and was US military War Correspondent & Photographer in the thick of it.

Mike can offer very good advice, insight and guidance towards your intended discipline - he's ATS so its all good.


Tell him I said G'day and that I will be in touch shortly.

posted on Sep, 25 2012 @ 10:32 AM
reply to post by Sublimecraft

Thanks Sublimecraft! Sent him through a message just then, with your regards also.

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