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December 28, 2004

The Dark of the Matinee

I read several so-called "milblogs" - online weblogs written by military personnel - off and on. One of my favorites belongs to Sgt. Missick, who writes with a level of thoughtful contemplation that many of these blogs lack.

Aside from his writings, though, he has posted photos from his deployment in Iraq. In addition to his own photos, there are photos taken by SPC Ryan Albaugh, who I'm assuming is in the same platoon as Sgt. Missick.

I am very impressed with SPC Albaugh's work; specifically his use of light (or the lack thereof) in his photos. I sent an e-mail to Sgt. Missick to request permission to post my favorite of SPC Albaugh's photos, an image called A Soldier Tired of Waiting:

Click the photo for the original high-resolution version A Soldier Tired of Waiting 2004 by Ryan Albaugh. All rights reserved.

Since SPC Albaugh gave me permission to use "one or more" of his photos, I'm also going to post my second favorite, Waiting to Move Out:

Click the photo for the original high-resolution version Waiting to Move Out 2004 by Ryan Albaugh. All rights reserved.

Again, I love the lighting on this photo. Whether or not this was the photographer's intention, I really like how the American flag patch is illuminated while the soldier's face is in shadow. There's a lot of subtext and meaning you could infer from that.

You can see more of SPC Albaugh's work on the blog (click the Pictures link, then proceed to the gallery for 4-05 to 5-04).

Posted by Highwaygirl on December 28, 2004 11:03 AM to the category Entertainment

The pictures are very moving and show a level of artistry beyond his years. I hope he continues to practice his art. Photo-journalism maybe?

Posted by: Mike at December 28, 2004 11:33 AM

Thanks so much for the plug on the site, and for bringing Albaugh's photo's. He really does have an excellent eye and he's currently working on a site to post all his pictures on. I'm sure it will be great considering I only have a small selection of his photos on my site. Thanks again!

Posted by: Chris at December 29, 2004 02:20 AM

Those photos are excellent, HWG. This fellow is obviously very talented. They also help realize that the soldiers over there are more than just numbers.

Posted by: gforce at December 31, 2004 12:11 PM
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