A wounded Canadian soldier from the NATO-led coalition crawls for cover seconds after his position was hit by a Taliban shell fired from an 82-millimeter recoilless rifle during an ambush in Zhari district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan, October 23, 2007… REUTERS/Finbarr O’Reilly
I’m writing to express my gratitude at Finbarr O’Reilly’s compelling photographs which I saw in today’s New York Times online. O’Reilly must have been very, very close to the fighting to acquire those photographs, at great risk to himself.
The photograph of the wounded Canadian soldier, on his knees, crawling for cover, made my stomach seize. The ripple of emotions included riveting attention, painful recognition of another person in pain, satisfied absorption of the beauty of the image (and I apologize to anyone offended by that notion), and instant recognition of the immense iconic value to humans. I had to give a shout out at how powerful that 4 x 5 inch image on my screen is.
As an artist, I seek out and am drawn to “images that work” and I want to say thank you for your work. Please watch your ass.
Thanks for noticing. I draw your attention to a slideshow of Finbarr O’Reilly’s recent work. GBU Editor