Friday, July 20, 2012

Serving Abroad. . Through Their Eyes

We've had some fun this week on the blogosphere playing "who has been where" but despite my many adventures, I've not had half the sacrifice and courage of many of you, who serve or have served, directly in harm's way, protecting freedom.

These three photographs were taken by a Navy Corpsman serving, at the time, in Afghanistan.  They were chosen from among thousands of submissions to be part of Serving Abroad . . Through Their Eyes. This is a multivalent project, undertaken by the office of Art in Embassies (AIE) of the Department of State, in collaboration with the Department of Defense, in honor of AIE’s 50th anniversary.

His work is to be included in a still image photography exhibition that will be hosted by the Pentagon and other venues in the future.

It will also be included in a video-art collage by artist Lincoln Schatz, which will be created for the permanent collection in the new U.S. embassy in Kabul, Their Eyes will be featured on AIE’s website.

I am honored to get to post them to share with you first, as I am honored to know his family and they knew this would please him.

To Cody -  you have an incredible talent, an admirable commitment to service and a really, really cool Grandma (Brighid's Place). 

We are all very proud of you.


  1. Those are amazing. The second one particularly brought a lump to my throat, but each one speaks its own message. Thank you for sharing them, and Cody, thank you for letting us see through your eyes.

  2. Thank you very much Basinah Corvus. His family are really good folks, ranchers, fighters, salt of the earth. His grandma and I are good friends and when I see her next month, when I'm out West visiting the clan, we will raise a toast to he and all those fine young men and women who serve.
    (and then we'll either bake something or go blow some ammo up.)

  3. That last picture of the cigar smoking soldier?

    He looks to be no more than 16, maybe 17.

    so young, so young.

  4. Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Corpsman have a tough job many times especially when assigned to combat units. I have looked into the eyes of many young men (20 years my junior)in combat, it is something you never forget, they are the best of the best. Thanks for the post.

  6. Very 'nice' and great illustrations of the singularity of war- The loneliness, and the 'make do' that all military folks know how to make happen.


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