In 2010, British photographer Lalage Snow started We Are Not Dead, a powerful series of photographs chronicling British soldiers before deployment to Afghanistan, during their deployment, and then once they had returned home.
This series was taken over eight months, as Snow traveled between England, Afghanistan and Scotland to take them.
Since graduating from The London College of Communication, Snow has focused much of her photography career on the military.
Snow didn't just take pictures, she actually trained with the soldiers, forming a closer bond with them.
Snow has personal reasons for focusing on soldiers: "My father was a soldier," she said. "I was born in Belfast when the Northern Ireland conflict was rather ripe but I don't really know what my fascination with conflict [comes from] and often try to rationalize it."
She also interviewed all of the soldiers. Her interviews allow us to understand the psychological effect of war even further.
Lance Corporal McLean was shot in the leg during his time in Afghanistan. He recounted the harrowing event to Snow: "We patrolled through a set of trees and as soon as we broke through someone opened up on us. I could just feel warm on my calf and we rolled into the ditch. We shouted `man down' and the boys came out with a stretcher but the ditch was too narrow and that's when I started casevaccing [transporting wounded] myself. You don't really think about it at the time, the adrenaline was buzzing."
Upon coming home, Private Matthew Hodgson had a hard time relating to civilians: "You try and explain what it was like where you were, but people have not got a clue."
Second Lieutenant Adam Petzsch describes an attack from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED): "It was my first IED incident and first casualty. You don't think about it till afterwards, though, as your priority is getting the guy away and back into safety. Then you start thinking about what happened, if it was preventable, if it was your fault in anyway and how the others are doing."
While still in Afghanistan, Private Chris McGregor conveyed how he was dealing with the threat of dying: "I believe if it's going to happen, it's going to happen and theres [sic] nothing you can do about it. If the big man upstairs could do anything, there'd be no dead soldiers."
Before he left for Afghanistan, Private Sean Patterson was ready to be deployed: "I am going to say goodbye to my family early as I hate goodbyes. I am going to miss them. I'm not scared though, I can't wait! I joined the army when I was 15 ”” it is all I wanted to do and I can't wait to get out there."
Private Steven Anderson explained to Snow the trials of war: "Its 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."
To view Snow's entire series, click here.