'Cause I was worried sick! You just go out, don't tell anyone where you're going. No contact for days. Jem thinks she knows where you might be and she tells me, So I put on me jacket, I grab a torch and go up into the woods and I get there, I get to the cave. And there you are. You're sitting down, you're leaning on a rock. And I think “Thank God, he's OK, he's OK”. But then I get close. I see the Swiss army knife i'd got you for your birthday and it's… You're covered in blood. So much blood. I take you in my arms and I run with you in my arms. I run and run and run but it's… I can't because you're…
Sean Huolihan isn’t the first soldier to spend some of his time overseas looking through a viewfinder instead of a rifle scope, but there’s a certain quality to the photos taken by the Iraq/Afghanistan Veteran that you don’t frequently find in images of war.
For 7+ years, Communications Section Chief Huolihan was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard, but his service took on a different dimension when he picked up a Nikon D90 and began taking pictures after a tour in Iraq. By the time he was deployed to Afghanistan a few years later, he had advanced to the point where he felt comfortable volunteering as the historian for the unit B 1-121FA HIMARS.
The images he came back with are more ‘artistic’ than you typically see. Pictures of rockets and machines of war are juxtaposed against silhouettes and star trails, making for a very interesting collection of photographs indeed.