Photographer Lalage Snow, who was based in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2012, embarked on an 8-month-long project titled We Are The Not Dead featuring portraits of British soldiers before, during, and after their deployment in Afghanistan. The three-panel comparison allows the viewer to observe the physical changes a solider in war goes through. Regardless of age, the boys that went in came back as men with experiences they may have never wanted to imagine. As weathered and worn as their skin may appear, it’s their dilated eyes, Snow says that are the most telling. What do you think?
We often don’t realize how often stress is what ages us the most. Your stress may not be facing life or death in war, but it can be a constant in your life for many, many years. Take a step back and gauge your stress. Does your job stress you out? Do your children cause you stress? Whatever the cause may be, do your best to manage that stress.
We’re not stress experts here at Cheeky Complexion but this story touched us and made us think how grateful we should be to those who are defending our world.
For stress reducing advice, head on over to the Huffington Post. They have 23 ways to significantly reduce stress in your life. Did you know that 54% of Americans are actually concerned about their stress levels? It’s time to take charge people! Here’s some of the suggestions they recommend:
Try Progressive Relaxation – check, we felt calm
Try Some Light Yoga – we’re not yogi people but we have to imagine it works
Meditate – check, we felt calm
Breathe Deep – check, we felt calm
Kiss Someone – hell, why not!
Lance Corporal Sean Tennant, 29
Private Ben Frater, 21
Corporal Steven Gibson, 29
Second Lieutenant Struan Cunningham, 24
Private Becky Hitchcock, 23
Lance Corporal Martyn Rankin, 23
Second Lieutenant Adam Petzsch, 25
Private Jo Yavala, 28
Lance Corporal David McLean, 27
Private Sean Patterson, 19
Private Steven Anderson, 31
Sergeant Alexander McBroom, 24
Private Matthew Hodgson, 18