It could just be an officer talking to his local snitch. Nobody knows what they were saying and the image is definitely open to interpretation in any direction except by the two people involved in the conversation. It is a US Army photograph after all, so very likely to being used as propaganda.
"It could just be an officer talking to his local snitch." unlikely. thats an NCO. a command sergeant major by the description, but, I cannot make out the full insignia, I can make out sergeant stripes and bottom rockers. Chances are he wouldn't even know a word this man has to say.
"It is a US Army photograph after all, so very likely to being used as propaganda."
yes, you are probably right I claim no knowledge of military insignia or rank and the description does say command sergeant major, and I know my sergeant major from my captains ...not!! Nor do I have any idea whether such a one would be talking to a 'snitch' but but I guess you get my drift that it could be far from just a casual friendly chat with a local.
OphiocordycepsFeatured By OwnerDec 6, 2012Student Traditional Artist
It doesn't really show them as equals, judging from the body language and what they're wearing/holding. The older man's body language is cautious, as you can see from the knees pulled to his chest and arms crossed over them to create a barrier, and the fact that he turns his head to talk to the soldier instead of his entire body, which makes him less of a target of harm. I can infer that he uses his arms and legs as protection when the soldier has a helmet and heavy boots and padding and gloves and a big ass gun. That is probably the reason for the soldier's body language, as well, which is more relaxed than the older man's, with his feet apart and knees away from his torso and arms slung over his legs with no care. Since the soldier also doesn't face the other man completely, he probably doesn't trust him either, even though he has no weapon or protection other than his clothes and limbs.
The artist calls this 'Breaking Barrier's' when the older man makes a barrier with his arms and legs and the soldier is wearing protective clothing and holding a gun? I think the name is ironic at best.
He's an old guy talking to a younger man. This happens all over the world in all kinds of situations across all cultural and language barriers. The old guy probably barely recognises that the soldier is anything more besides a man of fewer years than he. People are basically the same everywhere you go, and he;s too old, wise and weary to care about the little differences. As for the soldier, some people do have time to listen to their elders.
I don't know what you mean. Two gentlemen who lead very different lives, a chance meeting resulting from a great many geopolitical events beyond their control, taking a moment from their busy schedules to share something of themselves. That's what I see, that is the context I recognise.
Because I could not see a world now where one could juxtapose a Middle-Eastern Man and a solider and have it seem "okay." As for emotions, I meant to imply that both good and bad emotions could be ignited, but in use of the word it means extreme versions of either.