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Kalashnikov  by Christopher Barker

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An Iraqi Army soldier’s assault rifle hangs from one of the many concrete barriers used as barricades and blast walls. Arabic graffiti written in charcoal from a warming fire, warns approaching vehicles to stay back or they will be fired upon.

Mosul, Iraq

Circa 2006

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47, ak, arabic, army, assault, barker, barrier, christopher, christopher barker, concrete, graffiti, iraq, kalashnikov, military, rifle, soldier, war, weapon

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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  • grayscaleberlin
    grayscaleberlinover 6 years ago

    very,very, impressive, gives a creepy feeling, and the black&white fits just perfect

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...over 6 years ago

    Comment much appreciated GSB.

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryover 6 years ago

    Again, amazing editorial work. Your descriptions add so much to the work.

  • Julie Marks
    Julie Marksover 6 years ago

    Your photographs show us the graphic reality of war. Being so far away it can be easy to forget how many people are injured or killed in this serious and brutal war. Your very real images are important to remind us of the blatant truth in Iraq with bold black and white stark imagery.

  • berndt2
    berndt2over 6 years ago

    Very cool, very stark, photo. I both envy your opportunity to take these shots while admitting that if I had the choice of being in your shoes I would (politely) decline! Well done 8)

  • Martin Rowe
    Martin Roweover 5 years ago

    Chilling…..

  • Marcella Morgan Chestnut
    Marcella Morga...over 5 years ago

    superb b&w… wonderful tones. This image shares the cold, hard facts of reality, reinforced by the hard stone wall and smooth gun metal. What I like about your work is the fact that you couldn’t spend a lot of time setting up the shot. With one finger on the trigger and another on the shutter, you’ve either got it or you don’t. And you definitely got it.

  • Thanks Marcella. Time is definitely one thing you don’t have a lot of to compose a shot, I wish I could have taken more, photographs that is, not shots per say!

    – Christopher Barker

  • Jarrod Lees
    Jarrod Leesabout 5 years ago

    awesum photo and gun!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks Ben!

    – Christopher Barker

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