About me

I guess this is where I should introduce myself and tell you all a little about me.

I first joined the Army back in January 1989 joining an Infantry unit call the Royal Green Jackets, I served with them until October 2002 when I decided to leave. During those few years, I had served on operations in Northern Ireland during the troubles and in Bosnia in 1996 along with numerous overseas exercises in Cyprus, Jordan, Nepal, Peru and Kenya.

After a few years I decided to re join the Royal Green Jackets now called the Rifles and in Oct 2006, I deployed on operations in Basra Iraq, on return from Iraq I deployed on operations to Kosovo in 2008 and then after a brief period of training, I deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 to the area well known as Sangin.

Since returning from Afghanistan in October 2009, I have returned to Kenya twice on overseas exercises and im currently in training for a 2nd tour to Afghanistan in Mar 2012 where I’m aiming to take 1 x image each day for the period of 6 months.

During this time i have developed my photography, my business and it has allowed me to be where I am today, about to develop and blog at least one image a day for a period of 6 months at war through my eyes.

I hope you enjoy the journey.

Regards Project Afghan

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12 Responses to About me

  1. Alex Cena says:

    I look forward to your images. Stay safe and thanks for your service.

  2. Luke Heikkila says:

    Sir, here’s a reply to a message you left on one of my posts…not sure if you’re following comments…

    Thank you Rob, your blog is fantastic, the photos are inspiring. I would like to reblog one of your posts; I have my blogging topic set for today…I’m thinking early next week. Do you have one particular set of photos that you’re most proud of? I think that people who have taken the time to follow my writings would really enjoy learning about your project. Luke

    I’m also going to post this message to your ‘about’ page.

    • robgrimesphotography says:

      Luke, I think the 25th Feb posts quite a good one to use, there are 5 great portrait images to be used!

      Regards Rob

  3. Kate borlase says:

    Dear Rob.

    I am currently a fine art student in my last year of university in Plymouth. My project at the moment is based on the memory, the military and concepts around Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This site has been really inspiring and the imagery is so powerful. I will be following your blog as i feel this work is extremely eye opening and communicates a powerful message the the audience. Would you mind if i possibly included you in my artist research???

    Kate Borlase

    • robgrimesphotography says:

      Hi Kate,

      I’m more than happy to support you in any way I can and thank you for including me in your artist research, I’m honoured and privileged to be asked! Hope all is well and regards.


      • Kate says:

        Thanks so much for your reply, i really appreciate it. I have friends and family who are in the forces so i have a bit of insight. But it’s not the same as communicating with someone who is presently there. When do you return home? My project is focusing at the moment on how the army lifestyle compares to a normal domestic lifestyle at home…and how soldiers and their families cope with this. Do you have an email address? I could send you some images of my work if you are interested. Best wishes…:)

        Kate Borlase

      • robgrimesphotography says:

        Yeah id love to see some images of your work, email me at rob@robgrimesphotography.co.uk

        Regards Rob

      • I don’t believe it Kate!!!!! Rob, Kate is my step daughter. I am extremely proud that she is choosing this as her research. I hope she sends you a copy of her dissertation. 😀

      • robgrimesphotography says:

        Thats great news, i did kind of wonder when i saw her name. Im extremely proud that she haas chosen me for her work and just hope i can inspire her!!

        Rob x

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  5. Jim Marshall says:

    Great images, Rob. Stay safe out there. My son will be joining you this time.

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