We were in a helicopter and they were teaching afghan pilots how to fire rockets into a hillside.
My first thought was I don’t want a picture of a helicopter firing a missile, it doesn’t interest me, it’s too whizz bang, and to be honest whilst the helicopter was firing missiles I was shooting landscapes, because the view from the helicopter of the red desert was gorgeous.
But a picture of the missiles hitting the hillside doesn’t interest me at all, it’s the kind of garbage that a thousand photographers have already made in this country.
War photography is not bang bang, the embedding system drives everyone toward photographing those things again and again even every picture everyone shoots is exactly the same as the one everyone else shoots there’s a deliberate attempt to present war as being heroic, soldiers shooting at soldiers with guns, and that is such a malicious twisted warping of how modern warfare is fought. Modern warfare is not fought by soldiers shooting at the people they can see in the distance with rifles, stand on the airstrip here and watch these planes taking off, predator drones firing hellfire missiles into the bases that’s how this modern warfare is being fought and the fact is most modern war photographers can’t photograph that, it’s unphotographable.
So is my photography war photography, you’re damn right it is, it’s more war photography than what we call war photography.