Looking: Dana Simmons

12 Feb

Everyone loves a good soldier scandal. They’re better than police scandals, political scandals, even some celebrity scandals.

For some reason, we hold our soldiers to a particularly high yardstick, and I don’t really know why. I mean, we send these men (because they mostly are men) offshore for months at a time, deprive them of everything they are used to (fresh food, air conditioning, privacy, etc) and when they want to let their hair down just a little (well, if they had hair, which they don’t, because we’ve taken that away from them too) we are outraged.

Now I’m sure that some soldiers take advantage of the ‘girl in every port’ cliche, but I think most of them are entitled to a bit of well-earned release.

Dana Simmons is a photographer from Providence, Rhode Island. In her latest project, she documented American soldiers on leave from the Iraq war. The work takes on a voyeuristic yet photojournalistic tone. The images are full of flesh, colour and action, but a sense of emptiness prevails; you get the feeling that the soldiers and their girls are really just passing time to ease the boredom and numb the pain.

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Posted by on February 12, 2009 in looking, photography


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One response to “Looking: Dana Simmons

  1. Anonymous

    December 22, 2016 at 5:03 am

    This photo is my Dana Simmons Creative Photography and has nothing what so ever to do with this article. This is a misrepresentation and a clear violation of the copyright law and I would strongly suggest the you CEASE and DESIST the displaying and use of this photo immediately.


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