Each person has a story to tell

Over the some of the previous blog posts of 6 days in the sand, I told the story of how we lived whilst deployed out on operations in Afghanistan, what it was to live, fight and survive in the wastelands and desert plains in Helmand Provence, during those 6 days I worked and lived alongside the men of the Afghan National Army (ANA), these men are true warriors fighting in a country that has known only war, pure breeds of war as I see them. These men have no fear, they know the risks involved and are prepared to give their lives for the right for freedom in a country that has been ruled by fear for far to long, these men want freedom, want to live a life of no fear, but they are breed to fight, it’s in their blood, engraved in their history, it’s all they know and it’s why they now join the ANA, to fight for freedom.

I also had the chance to encounter with the people of Afghanistan, the local population, the men and children that live their lives from fear of the Taliban, these are the people that we’re out here fighting for, working for and protecting each day with our lives. Although the language is different and mostly spoken through an interpreter, you can see through their eyes the years of war ravaged on their faces, each line, crease, wrinkle tells a story, tells a tale, each has it’s own history and stories to tell.

So with the chance to be with the local population and the ANA, I decided to use the time not only to practise my photography skills of portraits, but to let you see the stories through their eyes, the history in their faces and to be more connected to why we the British Army are here, it goes back to the saying ‘The people are the prize’, without them this country is nothing and we are here for nothing also.

So each photo, each person has their story to tell, the language as I said might be different, but by hearing them speak, through their mannerisms and by looking at them in their eyes, each story is told, each moment lived throughout the years of war, their life’s pain is felt. You then get to live their life through the sand etched wrinkles of time.

I hope you enjoy, feel and see what I wrote about as you view the following images of the people of Afghanistan, from child to men and Soldiers.

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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10 Responses to Each person has a story to tell

  1. As always Rob you help me see so much more via your images – keep up the great work and stay safe.

  2. It’s so sad that these people know nothing but war and you truly can see it in their eyes. Fabulous portraits Rob


  3. smudge1544 says:

    Brilliant portraits, to see the faces of those who have lived their lives under the cloud of relentless conflict. Stay safe Rob and keep up the brilliant work.

  4. Valkyriepics says:

    I can see sadness, I can see pain and fear but I can also see hope in their eyes. Amazing portraits Rob xx

  5. Jo Blackwell says:

    Wonderful portraits, Rob, and such sad faces…

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