A nurse at the brand new Bassett Army Community Hospital, makes final measurements of a newborn under the lights of the warming machine in one of the labor and delivery rooms. There has been a post deployment baby boom on the base of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, after the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team returned from a 16 month deployment last year. Over 120 babies were born in the month of September alone.

Fairbanks, Alaska

September 2007


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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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  • NJCameraman
    NJCameramanalmost 7 years ago

    Just a wonderful image…the caption really drives home the circle of life. I’m sure these guys saw a lot of death during their deployment-it’s wonderful how they are now surrounded by so much new life.

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...almost 7 years ago

    Jim, I never thought about it that way, it definitely has a happier feel in that light.

  • shawhouse
    shawhousealmost 7 years ago

    my god, this is gorgeous b&w – the capture, angle, use of black – most of all the story. Almost unimaginable that those redeployed from hell’s tea party still have the heart to bring babies into the world.

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...almost 7 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback gentlemen. Greatly appreciated.

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryalmost 7 years ago

    Great photo!

  • Dave Sandersfeld
    Dave Sandersfeldalmost 7 years ago

    CBARKER, you captured what society should exist for and making a better life for our next generations – to evolve to ever greterheights of humanity. This is what our founding father’s envisioned.
    I fundementally focus on perpetuating our legacy of natural resource base; so our next generation have the “free natural wealth” (Water, fresh air,etc.) given us -our generation to succeed and I dream they – future generations – could have it better!

  • Christopher Barker
    Christopher Ba...almost 7 years ago

    Helen & Dave thank you so much for your wonderful remarks. I try to do work to inspire others and if I have done so then I have succeeded. Thanks again.

  • Judith Oppenheimer
    Judith Oppenhe...almost 7 years ago

    you are a really good photographer

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

    Were you a STRYKER? My brother was part of the original brigade -Ft. Lewis… and for many years. I’m very fond and proud of our Stryker Brigades! This photo is great. You do wonderful work.

  • Thank you Marcella and yes, I was a proud member of a Stryker unit. Sadly I am sitting on the sidelines as my brothers in arms are sent back overseas.

    – Christopher Barker

  • noddy13
    noddy13almost 6 years ago

    wow great shot. u captured it perfectly

  • Thanks Noddy, it was an interesting lighting situation in the room,being that the warming light was all that was on, so you use what you got, right?!

    – Christopher Barker

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