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The driver of a Stryker armored vehicle, from the 172nd SBCT, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, takes a moment to rest in the shade of a eucalyptus tree, out of his extremely warm driver’s hatch. Secure Iraqi Army outposts like this one in the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq, give soldiers a chance to relax while patrolling all over the city.

Mosul, 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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  • Kathleen Cameron
    Kathleen Cameronabout 7 years ago

    thnx for showing us these cb…

    takes away some of the mystery and cynicism and shows us the reality of the world these guys are in…

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

    Thanks kathleen that means a lot. I always appreciate your comments.

  • shawhouse
    shawhouseabout 7 years ago

    great capture.

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

    Thank you Paul. I don’t know if you saw the other B&W version, but I would be curious which one you personally prefer.

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

    I’m sorry Phil, I keep wanting to call you Paul, my sincerest apologies.

  • shawhouse
    shawhouseabout 7 years ago

    I’m surprised at my response, but I prefer the color version. not sure why. Might be that b&w can flatten out an image sometimes – takes the punch out.

  • Peter Davidson
    Peter Davidsonalmost 7 years ago

    This picture echoes fallen fighters – yet they are in fact relaxing. A disturbing juxtaposition.

  • sticky
    stickyalmost 7 years ago

    modern day don mccullen – only more optimistic . . . . . . or is it? Loved it.

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandover 6 years ago

    Awesome!

  • John Adulcikas
    John Adulcikasabout 6 years ago

    i really like this….this really tells a story for me. thanks for posting.

  • Thanks for the kudos.

    – Christopher Barker

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