This piece is based on a photograph of a US platoon of soldiers (Wynot Patrol 09) posing against the skyline with their weapons, as young soldiers on all sides do.
This series of mixed media pieces was created in February 2007 as a personal response to the violent events of the Iraq War and its bloody postscript. It is not intended as a partisan political statement, but rather as a purely humanitarian and reflective one. The images created represent views from behind dirt, bomb and blood splattered glass, and through the strange beauty this creates to commemorate those who have died, or suffered loss, in this messy conflict. This choice of image also reflects the fact that we are reduced to viewing such conflicts through the 'window' of the media.
The series was largely created from web photographs since I was unable to go to Iraq and obtain them for myself and therefore have used these web-sources to obtain the images. As a result, the pieces in this series are not for sale and I fully acknowkledge the original images upon which they are based are not mine. So far attempts to trace and/or contact the original photographers has failed. But I acknowledge my deep debt to them all for their skill, humanity and bravery in obtaining them. As I understand it the original for this piece is in the possession of the US Department of the Army whom I have contacted for permission but, so far, I have received no reply. In this case it may well be that because this shot was taken by someone in the employ of the US Government it is actually free of any copyright since all such US government owned material is on open access..
The rest of this series can be viewed here: www.flickr.com/photos/david_lewis_baker_arts/sets/7215760...