Baby Nate! Nate is the first son to a great friend of ours and an ex-servicemen who served at Afghanistan and Timor. We shot these photo’s on Australia Day. My initial intention was to place him in his dad’s slouch hat and take photo’s, but he was too big. Luckily his parents brought a whole uniform that his father had worn at Afghanistan,with Afghanistan dust and mud still on his boots. They made excellent props. It was a privilege to use them and take these photos and slightly emotional.
Like most ex-servicemen Nate’s father suffers from PTSD. It is a difficult struggle for them to come back to the world we take for granted and adjust to “normal life’. They suffer night terrors, re-occuring nightmares, depression, anger,loss. Often, their loved ones are also feeling the brunt of this terribly condition. There are treatments for Post traumatic Stress but it has to be diagnosed first. Nate’s father is now getting treatment and is now happier and makes a wonderful father.
Lets not ever forget our lost and returned servicemen. We have no idea what they have had to do to protect our country and what they have to deal with when they return.