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Sun, Mar. 25th, 2007, 01:42 pm

I've spent about the last hour looking at photographs taken by one of the clients at my work. He was an airplane mechanic during the Vietnam War, and he took a large number of photgraphs telling the story of his experience; everything from travel and life in his base and in the village near the base, to smoking opium, his vietnamese girlfriend (he was married at the time, to a girl he left behind), and glamour pictures of his friends smoking joints. He even has pictures from rehab when he got back(!). Most of the pictures are typical memory shots, but a few have something special to them. Regardless, they are an interesting jaunt through one man's experience as part of a war, especially as someone who probably didn't have to contend with the death and destruction he was inherently a part of. Almost all the pictures are calm and somewhat oblivious to the nature of his presence, a truly honest look at the situation in which he and his friends found themselves. I am planning on helping him scan as many as possible next weekend. If he can understand and agrees, I'll share them with the internet. Surely I will inform.

Sun, Mar. 25th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)

Looking really forward to seeing more!

Sun, Mar. 25th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)

Is that some kind of WoW syntactic form? ; P

Sun, Mar. 25th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)

From an art exhibit at WSUV...

Did you ever get any photos from the walk to OMSI?

Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)

Yeah I did! I should put some of them up, whichever ones are salvageable. (It was fairly dark and I despise in camera flash photography.)

I take a Lot of pictures, generally, so putting them online is a formidable task.

Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)

My dad has a ton of great photos from Vietnam, some photos are of his friends but lots of them were of locals that he bartered with for various things.

I'd like to see your client's work, sounds neat.

Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)

This sounds really interesting. I like that he seemed to document everything, despite what common sense would dictate about documenting your drug habits on film. It gives a much more real/surreal view into his life.

Mon, Mar. 26th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)

Yeah, he's still fairly like that. It was interesting to see that his photos pre head injury match in a large fashion the way he takes photos post head injury. Though not in the majority, he takes a fair enough number of shots of people giving the 'why are you taking my picture' look, while turning around. : D