Air Force master sergeant finds peace through photography

After taking nearly 10,000 photos during a deployment in Afghanistan, Air Force Master Sgt. David is Long gone from talented amateurs featured Pentagon artist.

Some of Lange’s photos are clearly marked in the Wounded soldiers Healing Arts Exhibit at the Ministry of Defence of the headquarters. An exhibited photographer, is a source of both praide and surprise for a Long time.

“I’m still trying to catch up that they are actually there,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

While Long, it takes many great photos of nature and landscapes, he is also close-ups with a specific focus. Above all, he prefers candid shots where someone in their natural element and not posing.

“The photo tells a story. It is not necessarily what the bite in the picture, it is what is behind the photos, what is the story behind the picture,” he said. “There is a lot of story to be told and I think that’s what makes the pictures good.”

His photos capturing the triumphs, and the dangers of the deployment. An image that stands out in his mind is of two members of the Afghan air force, the establishment of a helicopter on their own, without the help of the U.s. air force. The other is a black-and-white image of a flight engineer who took a bullet through the neck. Long photos is mostly in the shade, but two bright spots show the man of the bandage and the Purple Heart.

The pilot has a lot of his pictures away. He said that when he sees people struggling or doing something unique to restore, he hopes that his photos can add more meaning to what they’re doing.

Staff Sgt. Jessica Dierking, who suffers from PTSD, was gifted with a photo of a Long time that she keeps above her desk. On the picture you can see the lines of string balled up in knots, which she said symbolize how the problems of life can be unraveled, one at a time.

“I’m calmer after I look at it,” Dierking said. “Because I reminder that I have friends that go through similar problems and every problem, I can overcome them.”

Long, who also suffers from PTSD, a member of the Wounded Warriors in July.

“It’s a cool gig for me,” Long said. “I’m raising awareness. I am all about the support of my Wounded Warrior brothers and sisters.”

Ray Bogan is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in El Paso, Texas. Follow him on twitter: @RayBogan


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