RIP Christopher S. Frost
20 March 2008
Last night I was shaken awake by a random event that left a profound impression
I have taken up photography more intensively in the past years and
became member of a site called
. It is somewhat similar to other sites where people
share their photography, although this one is oriented more
generally to art and has, in my opinion, higher qualitative standards.
Deviantart has a daily returning series of acknowledgements of
artistic submissions called "Daily Deviations" (DD). Yesterday, a DD
was awarded to the following picture called
It's Finally Over
, depicting graduates of the Iraqi military
academy. The picture was taken by a US Army officer stationed in
Baghdad called Christopher Frost. Browsing the rest of his gallery,
I was duly impressed by the way in which he showed a different side
of what is happening in Iraq. A brighter side than the everyday
reports of losses on the US or Iraqi side, the suicide bombings and
general agony of a war that has now lasted more than five years. I
am strongly opposed to that war in general, but found Chris'
pictures eye-opening to an different aspect of it.
I was just about to leave a comment on his
this when my eye struck various messages of a few days ago that said
that Chris had just been killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq, along
with seven Iraqi soldiers. That fact, paired with the eye-opening
quality of his pictures left an impression on me of confusion:
gratitude for showing this different perspective of the Iraq war,
disgust of the war itself and war in general, but also sadness and
respect for this person who did what was right in his eyes and paid
the highest price for it at age 24. Looking into his eyes on the
picture of himself on his homepage left me speechless.
Rest in Peace, Christopher Frost.