Twelve photos to give you a feel for the situation, the landscape and the people of Afghanistan. Where ever I went I took a camera. Many times when working outside of any security bubble, my camera became a great peace maker, and some times an important tool in conflict resolution.

I hope that you like them:

Young Taliban group, Helmund 04

Young Taliban in Helmand Province 2004


Young artist, Kabul 07

Female child artist in Kabul


Winter scene north of Kabul 05

Walking miles in mid winter to make money from recycling a bag full of plastic, just enough to feed his family for a day.


Meeting high above Kabul 04

Catching up overlooking Kabul


M16s for Afghan Army recruits, KMTC, Kabul, 09

New kids on the block…soldiers and weapons. No longer AK’s now it’s American rifles.


50. cal, Paktika Province, Pakistan border, 07

The equalizer… .50cal.


Deminer, 04

My heroes of Afghanistan for almost two decades now…searching for and disabling mines.


Cycling to work on a freeezing cold winters day, Kabul 05

Early morning cycle to work in winter, Kabul.


Kutchi break camp 04

Kuchi Tribe striking camp and moving to more fertile land, Paktia Region.


Grandfather and his grand daughter west of Kabul 05

Kuchi male and grand daughter.


Kunar River Valley, 07

Kunar River Valley region.


Facing towards Waziristan, 07.jpg

American soldier surveying his arcs on the Afghan/Pakistan border, Paktika Province.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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    1. Hi Gareth, thanks for your great comment. I gave the photos a go in that form to attempt to make each photo timeless. I’ve seen photos of Afghanistan taken from when photography first began, and I’ve always been keen to try to replicate those. Obviously items like weapons automatically put the photo into a certain time window, but it was an attempt. Big thanks.

  1. Always very impressed by your photo skills, including the use of that binocular effect. Also from your earlier post, interesting to see “a Yank in Brits cloths”. Surprising history.

  2. I really liked the simplicity of the photos. For me, that gave them greater impact. They also left me wondering where those people are today and what they are doing. Keep them coming!

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