Following the withdrawal of British, US and other military forces in 2021, the Taliban took control of Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, on 15th August 2021. I watched the evacuations that took place at Kabul International Airport with shock and horror. Having deployed to the country twice I was familiar with the locations shown; in more peaceful times the airport was where, en route back to the UK in 2006, I had spent the night of my 29th birthday with a beer and burger while watching a movie on a big screen before flying home the following day.
IV/ VIII is a collection of photographs taken during my two operational tours to Afghanistan with the British Army in 2006 and 2008. In 2006 I deployed to Afghanistan as an individual augmentee to HQ International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul as military interpreter; I also worked with Italian forces in Herat, the third-largest city of Afghanistan, located in the west of the county. I returned to Afghanistan in 2008 as a mentor to the Afghan National Army and found myself working in Helmand Province, the largest province located in the south of the country, including the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah and also Gereshk.
The images presented were a key element in the transition from my service to civilian life as a photographer in which I had always had more than just a passing interest. This book shows and details experiences I was able to photograph, with my focus on life and events outside of the military bases I was stationed in.
A5 21 × 14.8 cm, 160 pages
Thread sewn binding allowing for book to lay flat and fully open