Silence might be an answer, but is it?

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© Roxana Brivent-Barnes
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UploadedJuly 10, 2010
TakenJanuary 25, 2008
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ModelNIKON D80
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The real story of the retired soldier portrayed here is in some ways a metaphor for the way in which society view disability. We see the hero; we don’t see what is hidden beneath the hardened surface. If the images do nothing more than make the viewer pause, then I have achieved a small step to the plight of the lives of the forgotten soldiers.

There is nothing more painful than to see the results of political power, unfortunately politicians do not pay for their action, but the SOLDiers!

Roxana Brivent-Barnes

44 responses

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   said (11 Jul 2010):

    This story and the related photos are an extraordinary tribute to our frailty. It is a story about the other side of the coin. Worth having a serious look at.

    Roxana, thank you again for this work

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (11 Jul 2010):

    Thank you Nicole.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (11 Jul 2010):

    A remarkable piece of work. Love the honesty and frank quality of the photos as well. Bravo!:)

  • Eduardo Valdez

    Eduardo Valdez said (11 Jul 2010):

    Love it !

    Simple, and full of ,meaning.

    Great job Roxana !

  • Edd Scorpio

    Edd Scorpio said (18 Jul 2010):

    Tough topic...great photo essay.

    Just watched a representation of this issue in an episode period TV series (set in late 19th century England)...same problems, not much has changed.

    This is a problem with Veterans everywhere - old & young.

    We need to have more care for those men & women who followed the commands of their country in the name of freedom (though not often in the name of reason) so that we might live better lives.

    "Always Remember"

  • Alexandru Iedu

    Alexandru Iedu gave props (3 Sep 2010):

    Excellent photo .. .fine & smart collage ... !!!

  • iseebeauty

    iseebeauty (Deleted) gave props (16 Sep 2010):

    great series

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (12 Nov 2010):

    Bravo, you achieved your goal!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (2 Feb 2011):

    Hauntingly poignant......brillant work Roxana.

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    You have my vote.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    I came back to vote!

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (16 Jun 2011):


  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    So profound and so true! Great entry Roxana! voted.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    Rockin' JPG's Theme Park (most powerfully).

  • Kevin Kott

    Kevin Kott (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    My vote!!!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    oh yeah!!! voting.

  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (19 Jun 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (19 Jun 2011):

    Way RAD for sure!

  • MªTeresa Barreda Royo

    MªTeresa Barreda Royo gave props (19 Jun 2011):


  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2011):

    Excellent, voted

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (19 Jun 2011):

    Great photo essay!!! Well done Roxana!!! My vote!!!

  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    Yeah my vote!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (20 Jun 2011):

    This is POWERFUL!! My vote!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2011):


  • gino di meglio

    gino di meglio gave props (22 Jun 2011):


  • Randy Reynolds

    Randy Reynolds gave props (23 Jun 2011):

    So true... It warms me that some are receptive to what military members sacrifice for their freedom... Not "free-dumb" where many live lives "freely ignorant" and unaware of what SO MANY go through/have gone through. As an Airman in today's Air Force, to this soldier here... I salute you.

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    Very human! Well done.

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (2 Jul 2011):

    Voted great work !

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (4 Jul 2011):

    Very strong image!

  • Hazed Perceive

    Hazed Perceive gave props (5 Jul 2011):

    beautiful... befitting the theme...

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (7 Jul 2011):

    BTV :)

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (8 Jul 2011):

    Great!! Voted!!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (9 Jul 2011):

    Great,my vote!!!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (9 Jul 2011):

    Powerful -- voted!

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (11 Jul 2011):

    You've done it again!

  • Sambit Chatterjee

    Sambit Chatterjee gave props (20 Jul 2011):

    Nice shot & the story too!!! Voted.

  • Pere Ferrer

    Pere Ferrer (Deleted) said (23 Jul 2011):

    My vote for this entire story! Great.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (26 Jul 2011):

    We are a means to an are so correct...we must look upon others with a more tolerant as well as compasionate eye...part the surface and endeavor to see the human being...we all have feelings...Great image, words and entry..Voted...BRAVO...

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (3 Aug 2011):

    A powerful set of photos and powerful message. Voted!

  • Lori D'Ambrosio

    Lori D'Ambrosio gave props (5 Aug 2011):

    Thanks for posting these, Roxana. Very telling and very sad. Great work.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (8 Aug 2011):

    yes of course

  • Nicolette de Joncaire

    Nicolette de Joncaire   gave props (12 Aug 2011):

    You are the best.

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (28 Aug 2011):

    Beautiful images, but seems to portray helplessness than power.

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (5 Sep 2011):

    As powerful as ever.......haunting.

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