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|Bryan Adams captures over 100 raw and unsettling images of 40 wounded soldiers in new book|
These photographs are a tribute to and a celebration of the servicemen and women who have stood the test of war and lived to tell the tale.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA.- Wounded: The Legacy of War is a collection of photographs of servicemen and women who have cheated death whilst serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan. These intimate portraits pay testament to the sacrifice of British soldiers, unflinchingly documenting the horrific disfigurements and disabilities that they have suffered in the line of fire over the past decade.
Photographer Bryan Adams has captured over 100 raw and unsettling images of 40 wounded soldiers which challenge and dare the viewer.
Through the camera lens the reader is invited to observe the sheer grit and bravery of these individuals who, despite personal sacrifice, live each day with continued vim, vigour and dignity. Alongside every image is an intimate interview providing a narrative to each soldiers personal journey to recovery.
As General the Lord Dannatt (Chief of the General Staff 2006-2009) explains in the foreword to WOUNDED these photographs are testament to the triumph of the spirit over the body, hope over doubt and sheer determination over self-pity.
These photographs are a tribute to and a celebration of the servicemen and women who have stood the test of war and lived to tell the tale - ordinary people with extraordinary fortitude. Difficult to ignore and impossible to forget.
Bryan Adams began his photographic career in the late nineties and in 2012 published his first photographic book Exposed which features portraits of friends and colleagues in the entertainment, fashion and art industries.
Caroline Froggatt is an ITN journalist with over a decade of experience at the heart of the network newsroom at ITV News. She has produced a number of compelling investigations often focusing on the issues affecting servicemen and their families during and after their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a result of her work at ITN she was inspired to highlight and promote the steel and fortitude of the wounded servicemen and women she encountered.
Corporal Hannah Campbell, 28, Winchester
Deployed to Iraq with the Adjutant Generals Corps and was injured when she a mortar came through the roof of the Guard Room she was in. It detonated directly beneath her causing the building to collapse and badly damage her leg. She waited three painful years before deciding to have leg amputated and is now going through rehabilitation as an amputee. Hannah is a determined mother with no plans to leave the army.
Marine Joe Townsend, 25, Eastbourne
Deployed to Afghanistan where his role was to patrol the local area as ground force, Joe was five and a half months into the tour when he was injured after standing on an IED. One of his legs was blown off and the other had to be amputated later. He was bed-bound for five and a half months, but was determined to get out and into Headley Court, where he spent 3 years adapting to his prosthetic legs, regaining strength and confidence. In 2011 one of the exercise rehabilitation instructors from Headley Court suggested the idea of Team True Spirit, a team formed of injured servicemen who would compete in mad endurance events to raise money and awareness. Joe entered his first Iron Man in July 2011, and now competes in triathlons for Great Britain, with his aim being to represent his country in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Corporal Rory Mackenzie, 31, Capel near Dorking
Deployed to Iraq in October 2006 as a Combat Medical Technician, Rory lost a leg when his vehicle drove over an IED, killing the soldier sitting beside him. Once out of hospital he joined a scheme called Battle Back, and on one of their trips skiing in Bavaria realised that he had to accept and overcome his disability. He went on to do psychiatric nursing, as he wanted to help counsel people who had gone through similar experiences to him. He took part in Row2Recovery, and was then recommended by Help for Heroes to be a guest speaker at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympics games. Rory now also travels the country as a motivational speaker.
Lieutenant Will Dixon, 29, Cheltenham
A Platoon Commander with 3 Rifles in Afghanistan, Wills mission there was to bring relative security to that area but he lost his leg when his vehicle was hit by an IED. Will has managed to stay positive and wanted to get fit so he could redeploy back to Afghanistan as quickly as possible as he felt guilty his soldiers were still out there. Within two weeks of arriving at Headley Court he already had his prosthetic leg fitted and was walking successfully on it. Will felt a real sense of unfinished business in his life as it was not possible to redeploy, so became part of Row2Recovery where he channelled his feelings into something positive, which was an important part of his rehabilitation. Will now works full time at Barclays and is feeling positive about his future.
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