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Veteran... by Christopher Barker

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On a day that’s hard to appreciate, or even swallow down, the definition of a Veteran seems unavoidably linked with an older generation. I don’t feel like a Vet. My grandfather is a Veteran, myself on the other hand, I feel as though I fall into an undefinable category. Generation X who has become “Generation Kill,” and subsequently slips right back into society, undetectable. The pain, fear and horror of what we’ve gone through is repressed, so that we can move fluidly back into this madness we call America, and continue our lives. The transition is impossible and just like generations before us, we will never fit it.

Self portrait. 1/30 sec. @ f2.8 with Nikon N90s on self-timed.

Mosul, Iraq

Circa 2006

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generation, portrait, iraq, war, self, christopher, transition, combat, vet, veteran, barker, ptsd, christopher barker

A photographer who was born in a coal chute; to a mother who was literally squatting over it, in rural West Virginia. He managed to stave off black lung while splitting firewood in the backwoods of Kentucky for a four fingered accountant and Veteran of WWII. After dodging improvised explosive devices and periodic mortar/small arms fire in a far away land; he now whiles away his time digging in the Colorado dirt, occasionally finding the strength to raise his lazy hand to snap a picture or two.

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  • sticky
    stickyalmost 6 years ago

    I don’t have any words………………………….. but read enough to know what you’re saying !!!

  • No words needed. Thanks for looking.

    – Christopher Barker

  • bluesheep1
    bluesheep1almost 6 years ago

    another great shot. love it

  • Thanks bluesheep, much appreciated.

    – Christopher Barker

  • Marcella Morgan Chestnut
    Marcella Morga...almost 6 years ago

    I am sorry.
    I am sorry for what you had to see, hear and do.
    I thank you.
    I thank you for your service. sacrifice and sharing.
    (Sharing: it can make a difference… (Yes it can.))

  • Thanks Marcella. And sharing I will do……….some day.

    – Christopher Barker

  • Marcella Morgan Chestnut
    Marcella Morga...almost 6 years ago

    Forgot to say thank you to your wife and family, as they have also sacrificed.

  • They will appreciate that, I assure you.

    – Christopher Barker

  • Marcella Morgan Chestnut
    Marcella Morga...almost 6 years ago

    Your photography already says it all.

  • scottimages
    scottimagesalmost 6 years ago

    I’m hearing you…..
    I’m Australian, so don’t know what it’s like for you in the US, but i do know what it’s like to send my husband off to war in todays world. I really hope you find something that fits for you soon….
    Sadly we have all too many in your position….

  • Thank you for your kind words and your perspective. Today’s fight is nothing like we’ve ever experienced. My thoughts go out to you and your husband.

    – Christopher Barker

  • scottimages
    scottimagesalmost 6 years ago

    All’s good…. he’s home safe. Take care….

  • Irma
    Irmaalmost 6 years ago

    The plugs in the background add a dimension to this image…Like plugging back into society.

  • Hmm, I never thought about that aspect, but I like the correlation. Thanks Irma!

    – Christopher Barker

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 6 years ago

    I wish our government offered more in the way of support for soldiers trying to transition back to civilian life. I can not begin to imagine the horror of what veterans of war have experienced. Both of my brothers and my husband are veterans of the Desert Storm. They don’t talk about their experiences except in the vaguest of terms, but I’ve seen something going on behind their eyes . . . something painful. We can never thank our soldiers enough for their service, neither can we adequately compensate them for their pain — emotional as well as physical.

  • Thank you Helen. I to wish there was more to transition towards, but I am also honored by those who have served before me and I thank your family for their service as well!

    – Christopher Barker

  • docophoto
    docophotoalmost 6 years ago

    Great self portrait and potent reminder that veterans cross all ages groups.

  • Thanks docophoto. Don’t do many self-portraits because I hate being in front of the lens!

    – Christopher Barker

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