“These bedrooms once belonged to men and women who died fighting in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These fallen men and women were blown up by IEDs, RPGs, hand grenades and suicide bombers. They were shot down in ambushes and by snipers. They died in helicopters, in humvees, and in tanks. It all took place thousands of miles away from home, and the country they fought to defend. The purpose of this project is to honor these fallen – not simply as soldiers, marines, airmen and seamen, but as sons, daughters, sisters and brothers – and to remind us that before they fought, they lived, and they slept, just like us, at home. Bedrooms of the Fallen was conceived in 2007 as a way to memorialize soldiers and marines who died in Iraq. It was expanded to include casualties from Afghanistan in 2009. The project is a work in progress, and ongoing. The initial goal is to photograph forty bedrooms, and publish a book of the work.”
This project by Ashley Gilbertson is an extremely ‘close to the heart’ gallery for thousands of people who have experienced first hand the pain he is capturing on camera. It has inspired me enormously and led me towards wanting to capture past and present pain on camera for my film portrait module. A topic that millions can relate to, empathise with and respect- cancer. I want to capture the aftermath of suffering with cancer and how the scars (physically and emotionally) can affect all of us whether we had the illness or knew someone else with it, a battle fought together, never alone.