Arabella Dorman on painting war in Afghanistan (hurriedly)

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  1. From The Times
    December 1, 2009
    Arabella Dorman on painting war in Afghanistan (hurriedly)

    Tom Coghlan

    A bandana-wearing British soldier leaning on his rifle after a patrol; the exhausted, unfocused stare of an 18-year-old rifleman; the deceptively soft evening light over the Helmand River.

    Arabella Dorman, who spent a month as an official war artist this autumn embedded with the 2 Rifles Battle Group in the town of Sangin, north Helmand, returned with sketchbooks of images that capture the end of the bloodiest six months suffered by any British unit in Afghanistan.

    Twenty-three members of the battle group were killed and about a hundred injured before the unit left Sangin in September. Most of the dead were killed on patrol by bombs planted around their bases.

    The first picture she completed on her return a month ago was of Rifleman Daniel Wilde, 19, who died on August 13. He was helping to carry a comrade wounded in an initial bomb blast when both were killed by a second bomb planted in anticipation of such a rescue attempt.
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  3. Thanks very much. I thought the different perspective made it very interesting.
  4. I'm astounded that they still do this - harkens back to olden times when this was the only way of recording a war in pictures and text.

    Thanks Skynet for this interesting perspective.
  5. Andy_S

    Andy_S LE Book Reviewer

    Artists can do things that photographers and cameramen cannot, but the Afghan War is certianly going to be the most visually covered war in British history - not just by the media, but by the lads with digicams, helmet cams and all the rest.

    Anyone at, say, IWM tasked to put together a digital archive of it will have his work cut out.
  6. But what an extraordinary exhibition it will be, using so many mediums to put across this time in our history.