Keeping vampire’s hours

June 7, 2012

By Tim Wimborne

Photography is capturing light reflecting off things to make pictures. I shoot a lot after sundown over here. That just seems to be the nature of this war. Soldiers I have been embedded with have technology that gives them an upper hand at night and so they tend to be fairly active in the dark.

Shooting at Combat Outpost Pirtle-King takes this to a record level. Soldiers here describe working on this base as “sitting in a fish bowl”. There are steep slopes above on three sides providing enemy gunmen ample concealed fighting positions from which to fire down. There seemed to be one particularly active sniper in the area at present.

To mitigate the risk from up high, soldiers just stay indoors, behind protective earth-filled Hesco walls. Most soldiers not working on guard duty during the day sleep, read or watch movies. They work after the sun sets and carry out their outdoor tasks within the beam of a head-torch.

So, when in Rome. On COP Pirtle-King I sleep until lunch time, while away the afternoons behind walls and sandbags and shoot by whatever light is available at night.

Reuters correspondent Rob Taylor works during the day, illuminated by headlamp, inside the Combat Outpost


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I thoroughly enjoyed your photos. My husband happens to be at Pirtle-King and it is so nice to be able to get a glimpse of what is it like out there for him. Your photos are great, and made me feel a bit closer to my husband, which of course made my day. :) Thank you so much!

Also, is there a way I can get or purchase the photos you took while there? I would love to be able to make my husband something with the photos for when he gets back. Thanks again.

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Hi normam,

I’ll make sure one of the Brigade LTs will have a copy of all pictures I have filed from PK.



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