Afghanistan

Afghanistan – touch down in flight

Afghanistan – touch down in flight from Augustin Pictures on Vimeo.

Note: This was originally posted on my old site on December 14, 2011. It’s a beautiful piece and worth zooming out full screen.

Lukas and Salome Augustin have made a beautiful portrait of Afghanistan.

Note that this was shot with Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D cameras and a variety of Canon lenses.

I’m posting this from the new WordPress application for Mac OS X to try it out. I doubt I’ll use it much, I’m a MarsEdit user and fan and have been for as long as it’s been around.

[via Mamen Saura]

Afghan portrait photographer

The Afghan Box Camera Project provides a record of the kamra-e-faoree (instant camera) which as a living form of photography is on the brink of disappearing in Afghanistan.

In this video, Qalam Nabi, one of the last two remaining box camera photographers in Kabul demonstrates how to use his camera.

Pinhole photography in a single box. Fantastic.

Helmand Province from above

Helmand province from above

Helmand province is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It is in the southwest region of the country. The Helmand River flows through the mainly desert region, providing water for irrigation. Much of the fighting between NATO and Taliban forces is taking place in this province and Helmand is said to be a Taliban stronghold.

Associated Press photojournalist Kevin Frayer recently sent out a group of stark black-and-white aerial images that show the rugged, inhospitable terrain of the province. Frayer made the images while flying in a medevac helicopter from the U.S. Army’s Task Force Shadow “Dust Off”, Charlie Company 1-214 Aviation Regiment.

Spectacular collection.