My series “Here are the young men” (The Netherlands – Afghanistan, 2009-2010) show photos of Dutch marines deployed to Afghanistan. These marines are young boys, full of excitement and expectations who are being sent to a war zone. There they are confronted with pain, sadness and death. Will something appear on their faces of these experiences? To find an answer to this question Claire Felicie photographed the marines of the 13th infantry company of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, before, during and after their deployment in Uruzgan.
The series ‘Here are the young men’ is divided in three subseries:
‘Marked’: black and white triptychs of marines before, during and after their tour of duty to Afghanistan.
‘Armoured’: diptychs of black and white portraits of marines back from patrol and photos of their good luck charms.
‘Committed’: colour photos of marines on nightly patrols and on their Combat Outpost Tabar in Uruzgan, Afghanistan
Black and white triptychs of marines before, during and after their tour of duty to Afghanistan.
Marked is available in two sizes:
45 x 22,5 cm | 17,7 x 8,6 inch | Edition 10
60 x 30 cm | 23,6 x 11,8 inch | Edition 10
Diptychs of black and white portraits of marines back from patrol and photos of their good luck charms.
Armoured is available in two sizes:
18,5 x 15 cm | 7 x 5,9 inch | Edition 10
25 x 20 cm | 9,8 x 7,8 inch | Edition 10
Colour photos of marines on nightly patrols and on their Combat Outpost Tabar in Uruzgan, Afghanistan.
Committed is available in two sizes:
15 x 10 cm | 5,9 x 3,9 inch | Edition 10
30 x 20 cm | 11,8 x 7,8 inch | Edition 10
Only the sky Remains Untouched
Soldiers who suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are emotionally wounded and carry these wounds with them all their lives.
The past 2 years Claire has been working on her new project ‘Only The Sky Remains Untouched’: portraits of 15 war veterans who suffer from PTSD. All photos were taken at ‘De Hembrug‘ in Zaandam, the Netherlands: a former weapons factory. In the heart of this terrain lies the so-called ‘Shock Forest’ where explosives were tested. Sybren Kuiper, who also made my book ‘Here are the young men’, has made a beautiful design for this new publication.
Moonstruck/How to disappear completely
Moonstruck/How to disappear completely” (2005) investigates the possibility of a meeting or a reunion with a loved one beyond death. The series shows a young girl in a white dress who is wandering through the snow, the night and dark forests. The connection that she searches for with the loved one is symbolised by the dark earth and woods in which she disappears, by her magic “connection” to the moon and by the snowy landscape into which she seems to dissolve.
In the forecourt
‘In the forecourt’ shows photographs of children in their own world: the forecourt to the “real” world of adulthood. In the world of children reality and fantasy are not strictly separated. Claire Felicie’s photographs do not represent the fantasies, but they invoke an atmosphere which suggests that “world of their own”. By placing them in a specific environment and by the way in which light and darkness play their role, the photographs tell us about the children’s inner being.