This photo ran on the front page of the New York Times on Saturday and when I opened the paper that morning I was mesmerized by this photo. The photo gives me a feel for what some of the conditions must be like for troops in Iraq. The lighting in the photo also adds to the gritty feel of this image, the way it highlights the caked mud on the soldiers boot. Some might have a problem with this image because it doesnt show the faces to identify with but I feel very connected to these people.
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An Iraqi translator smokes in the back of a Humvee next to the muddy boot of a gunner standing in the gun turrett February 16, 2007 in the Gazaliyah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq. Almost all translators cover their faces while working for the US Army; if their identities are discovered, they or their families will almost certainly be targeted by insurgents.