10.02.2007

Humvee TV: Afghanistan

The paratroopers in Afghanistan travel in the same armored Humvees as the soldiers in Iraq.
The doors are heavy and resemble vault doors. The windows are several inches thick and are never open. The Humvees, especially in Iraq, are a little bubble of safety. A place where the troopers can shut out the danger. But the feeling is different in Afghanistan. While there is a roadside bomb threat here, when you finally open the heavy door of the Humvee you don't have that same sense of foreboding. It doesn't feel like you are exposing yourself as much.
Maybe it is the picturesque mountains or the desolate patches of gravel desert between the villages instead of the garbage choked streets of Baghdad. It could be the happy greetings of the children and men when you roll into a village instead of the sideways glances or the downright hateful looks we got in the Bayji market in February.
Either way, Afghanistan really has a different vibe.



To see the images from Humvee TV: Iraq, click here.









6 comments:

Tim Gruber said...

Humvee TV. I love that idea. Good work over there. You've captured some nice frames already. See ya in Atlanta hopefully?

button pusher said...

Thanks Tim. I will see you in Atlanta. Hopefully I can talk James into going too.

James said...

I'll be there...

button pusher said...

Cool

Philip Wartena said...

Love the last frame, you make a good tv producer.

button pusher said...

Thanks Phil.

Speaking of being a TV producer, I started shooting video for the first time over here. Not sure if I like it yet though, I don't think I will really know until I get back and edit.