In an exhibit entitled We Are the Not Dead, Lalage Snow took photographs of soldiers before, during and after a deployment to Afghanistan, gathering some accompanying thoughts as well. The results are truly haunting.
"Most people get used to being away from home but I find it hard. It's your fear that keeps you alive here. But I believe if it's going to happen, it's going to happen and there's nothing you can do about it."
"IED's are the biggest scare here though. It takes a while to get use to that ”” and when you are on the ground you eventually realise that not every step you take is going to blow you up. So long as you don't get complacent."
"And now we are home? It's strange. Quiet. I find that I'm getting bored easily after 10 minutes. I feel anxious all the time that I should be doing something."
"I am afraid of not coming back home. I have two children and a third one on the way in August and I love them and my wife more than anything in the world. Not coming back and seeing them again... that would be the worst."
"Now that I'm home, I think I'm a lot more calm. I've seen the worst and I've seen things I do not want to see again.You're fighting for survival at the end of the day. I think being in those kind of situations makes you realise you are pretty lucky with your life, with what you have already so why flap about the most simple of things."
"You get used to the sound of gunfire quickly and don't think about being scared. There was one time we got ambushed from all sides and were stuck there for 24 hours. People were running all over the place with no order."
"I think about the enemy threat and different scenarios in my head all the time. What would I do if... I haven't been scared here at all as the locals are okay and we haven't been contacted. Until we are, I won't be. I want to be contacted, I want to be tested - it's what you join for - it's not about shaking hands with locals."
"I had a funny feeling about this patrol. Heard the bang and heard on the radio 'man down'... It was the first casualty I have seen. It was pretty awful. I saw the medic treating him, he had no leg. I went back to where it had exploded and then saw his boat floating in the water. Just an empty boat."
"I'm not really bothered about going. I'm a soldier and it's my job. We've been training for so long it will be good to finally get out there."
"People think you can just sail through life but it is not as easy as that. You could get hit by a bus and that would be that. You never know what is going to happen ”” especially out there. You could go out on patrol and that could be you. Finished. I reckon we should leave them to do their own thing. We have lost too many."
"It's hard to explain the conditions, how dirty it is. Often when you phone your girlfriend or something and she asks why you aren't talking normally it's... you're drained, you're tired, you're dirty, you've not eaten properly for a few days. Lack of water. You're just drained."
"You see the IED blast and you wonder who got hit. It wasn't a nice thing to see. It dawns on you how real it all is and then you try not to think about it. You try not to think about it at all. That patrol is pointless and now an Afghan soldier is missing his legs and for what?"
"The whole reason I went to Afghanistan was to justify the soldiers who went before me. Why should I sit with my comfy slippers on any my carpet, not having done my bit. But it's as though I've got two lives: one where everything is dangerous and everyone is trying to kill us and the alternative where you look out of the window in Edinburgh and there are people with pink hair, proper civilians. It's just a different world."