Our home in the middle of nowhere

As I stepped of the helicopter I’m greeted by the intense heat that my new home will provide me over the forthcoming weeks, I’m also hit by the intense heat as I’m carrying my bag and bergan (army backpack) that is my life as I run down the tail gate and hit by the heat of the helicopters engines turning 40 degrees into something that could be only compared to as a moment in hell. As I move away from the helicopter, she lifts of into the air only to be seen again when it my time to return home, that thought and vision can’t come soon enough I think to myself.

Before I know it I’m met by familiar sand covered smiling faces, friends who have been here a few weeks before me and I’m greeted by familiar sayings like “alright war dodger” and “what took you so long”. I’m taken to my tent which will be my mansion for however long I’m here, I take my gear off, drop my bags down next to my folding camp bed and mosquito dome, sit down and realise Camp Bastion is now a distant memory and this is my life before I’m quickly shown around the camp.

As I walk around the camp, I’m surrounded by thick hesco (metal framed containers holding sand and stone) stacked on top of each other and covered by barbed wire, it’s our small fortress in the desert that protects us all each day, there are manned positions everywhere, young men and women stand guard in these small towers 24/7 each day allowing us freedom to live and work. You soon realise where you are, what dangers lie outside these walls and what we are really here for, outside somewhere are the Taliban.

As I settle into life, I unpack, relax and make my home, this place is not renowned for its 5 star facilities, but what it does have will make life comfortable as can be. It has what we need and anything more would be an added bonus, for such a small fortress in the middle of nowhere, it’s amazing what people can do, the chefs produce amazing food with basic ingredients for 3 amazing meals a day, people have made areas to relax and unwind, table tennis tables out of nothing, laundry areas, washing lines and the toilets or should I say bag are a sight to believe as always (see the photos and you’ll see what I mean).

It is our own palace in the desert, but to anyone else its just a wall of sand, sand and dust with dirty soldiers living in it.

So I hope you enjoy the next few images and can get a feel of how we live, eat and relax in our palace in the middle of nowhere.

Regards Project Afghan.

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About robgrimesphotography

Experienced and enthusiastic, I have a real passion for photography that I have gained over the years and that shines through in my pictures and my portfolio. I specialise in capturing those spontaneous moments that we otherwise could lose, either at your wedding or on a relaxed family shoot of your choice. I am always happy to talk about photography, so if you think I might be the right person to take your photographs then give me a ring to discuss your pictures, they are yours after all. Also a full time serving soldier in the Infantry in the British Army, but soon to be leaving the forces after Project Afghan finishes.
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11 Responses to Our home in the middle of nowhere

  1. Carl Revell says:

    Great post and photos Rob. Really cool how the combination of skills and ingenuity manages to create a home from home. I’m really enjoying your regular, informative posts and photos.

    You guys and girls are doing a great job out there. Keep up the amazing work and stay safe.

  2. cathieheart says:

    Thanks so much Rob for sharing the realities of what you live with there and the stories of what go on. I particularly like the chilled out moment shown with the cigaret streak long exposure. Thank you for doing what you do.

  3. valkyriepics says:

    I’m amazed how fragile the place looks and I’m amazed of how strong you are. Love, Esther xx

  4. valkyriepics says:

    I’m amazed of how fragile the place looks and I’m amazed of how strong you are. Love, Esther xx

  5. Claire Borlase says:

    A real insight in to the daily living if troops! I can’t say I envy the heat and dust. Love the disposable John!!!
    Well done to you all for making the best of it. Proud of every one of them.

  6. Maria Zarif says:

    You are doing a great job. I like how you cherish even the small things over there, making it look like its probably okay up there to live. Even though the weather and other things make living there hard.

  7. Gina Mead says:

    Great pictures as always, i feel for all of you living in those conditions but at least you will be home to normal conditions in a few months, hopefully the boxes we send our loved ones offer a little bit of home and a few goodies. I know you cant say where you are based , but would love to know if you are at the same base as my son Dec Anderson, Take care all of you and my thoughts are with you all always xx

  8. This post really hits home to us that this is your home right now and that all the normal sort of things that we do at home such as washing and hanging our clothes out still carry on! I guess we just don’t think of being at war as actually also having to live an ordinary (well as much as possible!) life. I love what you are doing on this project Rob.

    T xx

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