BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Of all the pictures I took while in the US Army, this one earned the most awards and gave me the most exposure in military circles. The drop of sweat about to fall from Communications Specialist PFC Ray’s nose, while making a stress call for rescue after finding out that we had accidentally moved ourselves behind the enemy lines, is timeless. Our troops’ rescue helicopters managed to pick us up safely, and we had a story to tell to everyone when we got back to base.
I took this photograph during the world war games. We were not in direct risk. However, capture during a world war level game can be a painful, emotional, lasting experience; thus, the dire look!
From all the feedback received from this image, the comment heard most often relates to the drop of perspiration on Ray’s nose. Once I was giving an art presentation to a fifth grade public school class. When I got to this picture, I told the story and added details about the timing needed to catch the precise moment at which the sweat dropped. My favorite response came from a vivacious, bright-eyed, little girl when she asked me if I were sure that the drop was sweat and not snot.