THE MAKING OF A LEGIONNAIRE
12 X 12 inches
France , Castelnaudary , French Foreign Legion regiment 2014 "This place is a machine of making Legionnaires " quote - Colonel Marc Lobel (Chef du corps)
The French Foreign Legion hold a long and heroic record. A very well trained and equipped modern military Division, with specialised mountain, para, and artillery sub units, with a lot of well trained individuals. The working language is French, and all commands and directions are given in that language.
They fight any where, any time, anybody.........True mercenaries, paid to fight. This book puts emphasis on the multitude of different Nationalities all fighting together and bodind to make a Legion of Foreigners.
The book documents and captures each unity between the different cultures all fighting under one flag.
At retirement, they have the choice of living in France, as a citizen, or in their own home country, on a life time pension, from the French Government. Many choose to live in Sardinia.
As a photographer , it was an amazing opportunity to see the extreme different aspects of life and record a portion of it to create a book and an exhibition for presentation to the genreral public.
To view the unfamiliar through creative eyes , as these are two worlds apart , civilian life and commando special forces , a portrayal of human emotion through the eyes of an observer , enhanced by effect and beautiful photographic printing techniques.
The images are shot on both Analogue film and digital cameras capturing the inside secrets of the legionnaires daily lives.
My goal for the project was to study of the human spirit through portraiture and the camaraderie of men. Photographic captures to gain an understanding of the bond of brotherhood created by all nationalities who join the Legion and how they stand shoulder to shoulder to operate as an elite force before going into all danger zones behind enemy lines in inhospitable situations.