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Thursday, June 14, 2007

More than just a label

Rachel Papo's photographic essay Serial No 3817131 is a study of women in the Israeli Defence Force. Her description of the piece includes:

Rather than portraying the soldier as heroic, confident, or proud, my images disclose a complexity of emotions. The soldier is often caught in a transient moment of self-reflection, uncertainty, a break from her daily reality, as if questioning her own identity and state of contradiction. She is a soldier in uniform but at the same time she is a teenage girl who is trying to negotiate between these two extreme dimensions. She is in an army base surrounded by hundreds like her, but underneath the uniform there is an individual that wishes to be noticed.

However much one may deplore some of the IDF's actions, pieces like this which demonstrate (as if it were necessary) that it is made up of real - sometimes vulnerable and confused - people who are more than simply caricatures are very valuable. I though some of the pictures were nothing short of brilliant.

Now I await something similar showing that Palestinians are not all mindless Jihadis.



At 14 June, 2007 14:41, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Almost every picture is with a gun next to her. I know it's military, but for both sides it has to be a horrible way to live.
Just because my god is better than your god.
Another reason I favor atheism.

At 14 June, 2007 22:03, Blogger Rob said...

To be fair, Joe, I'm pretty sure that in the British Army when you're under combat conditions you're supposed to keep your gun with you at all times.

And it was one of the godless Commies who said that change comes from the barrel of a gun.

At 15 June, 2007 14:28, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

I was in the military, and fortunately combat conditions didn't include every minute of every day as it does in Israel, Gaza, and other areas around there.

Godless Commies not withstanding, I still vote on religion as the basis for more deaths and misery than any other cause.


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