Two soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team stand guard in the rear hatches of their stryker vehicle while on patrol north of Mosul, Iraq. Many unfamiliar with the geography of Iraq believe it is entirely arid, but as this picture shows, northern Iraq is quite hilly and in the spring, the fields are a vibrant green because of all the precipitation coming off the northern range.

Duhuk, Iraq

Circa 2006

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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  • Kathleen Cameron
    Kathleen Cameronover 7 years ago

    it is sooo green, I like the awesome way you’ve put this together, the two guys in front there look pretty intense. and the symmetry of the road is really visual… goes to show me the middle east isn’t all desert and dust…

  • Lisa  Kenny
    Lisa Kennyover 7 years ago

    These are great photos Chris ~ something most of us will never ever see in real life ~ thanks for sharing with us.

  • Simon Mears
    Simon Mearsover 7 years ago

    great photo.. makes one consider who these guys are feeling, maybe not wanting to be complacent or drop their guard in the relative safety of the flat fields, before they get into the town and the hills

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

    Kath, Lisa, Simon, thank you all so much for checking out my photographs. I love to hear your thoughts. The only reason I post these types of images is to inform, nothing more, so that hopefully one person would get something out of it.

  • shawhouse
    shawhouseover 7 years ago

    this whole series is great inside photojournalism.

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryover 7 years ago

    What a marvelous shot. I’m so glad you are sharing your wonderful photography of Iraq with us.

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

    Thanks Helen, it’s my pleasure.

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

    spectacular shot

  • Steven  Sandner
    Steven Sandnerabout 7 years ago

    Wow, thank you so much for sharing, it is so interesting seeing this from a soldiers perspective!

  • Hien Nguyen
    Hien Nguyenabout 7 years ago

    thanks for putting this up.. i’d like to see more if you have any :)

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