The view from above

Sometimes it best to view the world and what Afghanistan is like from a different viewpoint. To view Afghanistan from the ground is a challenge simply because everyday the threat to life is real, it’s not simply the case of being here on holiday, taking in the scenery and being a happy snapper, it is in fact a war zone. But if you was to ever get to see Afghanistan from above, like from the view of a helicopter, then the country is truly amazing, beautiful, it takes your breath away with the stunning landscapes, areas of irrigation (green zones), rock features, mountain ranges and small tribal villages set against the hazed backdrop of the sand and sun. It’s a stunning country but with its history, local life and produce, it’s just a shame as this place has only ever known war and death, a country nicknamed the ‘graveyard of empires’ from its countless encounters with foreign powers, could and will hopefully become once again one of the most stunning countries to ever be able to visit.

A while back it was time for me to move from the comfort that Camp Bastion provided me with and step outside the wire as we call it and move to a new location, somewhere where the comfort wasn’t as clean, facilities were more home grown and hand made, where resources are few and far between, so with my one way ticket for now, it was time to jump aboard my helicopter ride to my new home until someone decides it’s time for me to come home.

So the next few images will allow you to see Afghanistan from a different view point, so sit back and enjoy the flight. Next stop is our new home.

Regards Project Afghan.













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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12 Responses to The view from above

  1. Anna says:

    Hi Rob, Stunning and amazing pictures as always, thankyou for sharing this with us, and allowing us into your world… stay safe


  2. Nice perspective there Rob; a totally different view from the normal photo journalist and military photographer. Hope your keeping a diary for the book when you home!

  3. Simon Watson says:

    I’m off to shoot a wedding today – the most dangerous encounter I’ll probably have is boozed up bridesmaids! Stay safe, and keep helping us to put things in perspective! You guys do a great job.

    Simon – BZN Wedding Photographer.

  4. You know you are so right – we do only think of Afghanistan as a war zone, it’s so sad that at this present time we are unable to see what hidden beauty this country could be. Here’s to peace one day..

    Great shots though!


  5. Tim says:

    Keep up the good work on the ground and with the camera. I am really jealous of you all and wish I was on this tour. Afghanistan is a beautiful place and part of its fascination for me lies in its incredible and bloody history.

  6. Kim Early says:

    Thank you Rob, since my son was taken from us in Afghanistan I have hated that country and thought of it as ugly and a hateful place!! Your pictures and stories help me see there is beauty in Afghanistan!!
    Thank you xxxxx

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