Close enough…

May 19, 2008

From Reuters photographer Goran Tomasevic who is near Garmser in Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the U.S. 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit come these 4 frames from a sequence taken when the unit came under fire from Taliban fighters May 18, 2008.

close call




The Marine was uninjured.


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awesome sequence of photography and I am very glad the young Marine is OK. However, in any combat zone, I thought it was mandatory to wear proper gear—at least his helmet.

Posted by kippie lowry | Report as abusive

Maybe he’ll wear his gear more often now.

Posted by Antti Roininen | Report as abusive

Impressive photo sequence. That is one lucky Marine.

Posted by N | Report as abusive

It is easy to criticize the Marine for not wearing a helmet, but we do not have the full story. Perhaps there were circumstances outside of his control that kept him from doing so.
On the photograph – amazing series and display of photojournalism

What makes it even more fantastic is that neither the soldier or photographer were seriously injured.

Posted by qreus girl | Report as abusive

Interestingly enough He doesn’t have a helmet on and neither does the soldier in the background. This was one lucky young man. If he were my son I would still be crying and waiting until he got home!!!

Wow, amazing snapshots there! I’m surprised that insurgent(or I’m assuming multiple insurgents) had the accuracy to even hit that wall. For whatever reason, they still fire their AKs from the hip. That soldier had been strap on his gear. Can’t expect to get that lucky again.

Posted by joe | Report as abusive

Nice sequence, much braver than I would ever be. Although had he have been hit, would we have ever seen this??

Posted by Steve | Report as abusive

If you are SURPRISED by enemy fire and must IMMEDIATELY return fire, you do NOT necessarily have time to don your vest and helmet. Although the seconds you spare to put on a helmet may save your live, the seconds you waste not shooting the enemy may give your comrades time to armor up.

Posted by David | Report as abusive

Stunning. Anyone compare the similarities between Mr. Tomasevic’s sequence and that of Capa’s “The Falling Soldier”?  /27/arts/20080127_KENN_SLIDESHOW_3.html

Posted by Andrew Dolph | Report as abusive

Goran, I’m closely following your work since I met you in Velden in Austria (prior to World Cup 2006). Great to see you’re doing okay and dodging bullets :-) Take care!

Excellent pic.. but close call

Posted by Diana Ngila | Report as abusive

respect Gorane!

Posted by Dimitrije | Report as abusive