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Iraq War (Windows of Suffering #5)

This piece was created from a syndicated media photograph of a US soldier carrying an Iraqi child. It is one of a series of conceptual digital collage pieces created from web photographs. In this case by Michael Yon a leading independant blogger and war correspondent. See his work on www.michaelyon-online.com/ His work is not edited for 'social acceptability'. (Thanks to Val for this information). As a result of my use of this external source, the piece is not for sale and I fully acknowkledge the original image as not mine and will withdraw the piece should objections be raised. I did contact Michael Yon but, so far, have received no response.

 

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 rest of this series can be viewed here: www.flickr.com/photos/david_lewis_baker_arts/sets/7215760...

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Taken on February 9, 2009