When it comes to authenticity of military photography, Stacy comes backed with high flying credentials. During her 3 tours in Iraq, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Commendation with valor for heroic actions under fire. She is also the only woman to have ever won two NPPA Military photographer of the Year competitions. This photograph is part of a larger project that Stacy has been working on that documents all of the military installations in South Carolina. This particular image was made at the Marine Corps basic training installation. The Marine in the picture was in remedial physical training because he could not pass his physical ability test, so the drill sergeant had him lifting weights and running sprints. This frame captures the reality of the situation perfectly. From the soldiers facial expression of being utterly worked over, to the military issued glasses, the cracked tooth…..it all comes together as it should.
This image shot by Matthew Wakem is visually stunning and arresting. Its graphic elements of human vertical lines punctuated by dots interspersed between each figure keeps the eye moving throughout the image searching for more, yet still satisfied at the first glance.
Matthew says, “Capturing this photograph was one of the most favorite moments of my career. My assistant and I arrived at the monastery the night before and got up at around 4:30 am. When we first arrived at the scene, some monks were just finishing up their morning meditation. After they were finished, lines of monks started to walk through the doors and arrange themselves as you see them here. They then proceeded to chant the most sublime and ethereal mantras for about an hour. We shot from a balcony above them non-stop for the duration of the chanting. I have a very strong interest in Buddhism. It’s always a profound pleasure when photography gives me access to places that are of interest me, but that I would not otherwise be able to see.”