Portraits of Soldiers Before, During, and After War

For her project titled Marked, photographer Claire Felicie shot close-up portraits of the marines in the 13th infantry company of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps before, during, and after their deployment from 2009-2010. She then arranged the portraits into haunting triptychs that show the toll war has on a person’s eyes and face.

Marked by Claire Felicie (via lensculture)

Image credits: Photographs by Claire Felicie and used with permission

  • m k

    You are correct, combat affects people differently. There is a famous photo titled “The thousand yard stare” displayed by some combat vets.

  • Guest

    These aren’t U.S soldiers…I have no problem with the idea that the war changed them, but the article clearly states they are from the Netherlands.

  • Dang

    I really think you could rearrange the order of the photos and people would be saying the exact same thing.

    And no, I’m not saying war doesn’t change a man. But I don’t find these photos impressive. The “In the American West” series Richard Avedon did are much more powerful and capture more of the person and their struggles in a single image.

  • Sevenpenny

    Look at the eyes folks…. it’s as if a spark is missing….War quite literally is hell….

  • Sevenpenny

    What European soldiers aren’t allowed to have PTSD or any other mental problems? Regardless of what country you are from… you will suffer.

  • Thomas

    It changes people

  • Thomas

    Weird that three years ago they did not have spell checking or the ability to proof read what one posted on the Internet.

  • Sevenpenny

    Indeed…. the sad thing is that many soldiers come back and you don’t see any physical health problems. I would be willing to bet that 99.9 percent of all soldiers have some form of PTSD or other mental health problem. It isn’t as easy to remedy a mental issue as it is a physical issue… our government pretty much believes if you can’t see it, it doesn’t exist.

  • quaid oralious

    you and my wife should get together, she a heartless frozen robot btch too

  • Guest

    you and my wife should get together, she’s a heartless frozen robot btch too. cold a$$ unempathetic piece of stone

  • Kevin H.

    From a 28+ year veteran… Well said.