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Irbil Citadel by Christopher Barker

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A child climbs on an ancient statue outside the walls of the Citadel in Irbil, Iraq. Located up north, this relatively autonomous city consists mostly of Kurdish descendants, making it almost impervious to the perils of the war-torn southern half of the country. The Citadel was built on the highest point in the area and was primarily used to protect the city and its inhabitants from foreign invaders.

Taken with Nikon D200

Irbil, Iraq

Circa 2005

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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  • scottimages
    scottimagesabout 6 years ago

    With all the troubles in Iraq it’s often easy to forget that it’s a land of immense history. Modern day Iraq sits in the middle of the lands that were once known as Mesopotamia, Babylon, Sumeria….. Commonly referred to as “The cradle of civilisation”.
    Your image stands as a fitting reminder of a long & vibrant culture that has seen many millenia of strife & war, & yet still survives.
    Well done Christopher.

  • Rosemary, thanks for the nice comment. One of the greatest things about being deployed was being able to see such ancient art and culture.

    – Christopher Barker

  • Mohsen Bayramnejad
    Mohsen Bayramn...about 6 years ago

    what a nice comment Rosemary made above…
    I love the simplicity of your image, christopher. something fresh from Iraq, yet so emotive.
    Thanks alot for sharing your works.

  • Thanks Mohsen. It was difficult to think of what to take photographs of while you were there because it was all so new to me. Now I wish I had taken more. An opportunity squandered I guess; out of necessity for safety mostly.

    – Christopher Barker

  • Miketype1
    Miketype1over 4 years ago

    Great photo. I would probably climb it to if I was a kid.

  • Thanks so much Mike!

    – Christopher Barker

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