[Interesting how an image like this can be such a powerful object lesson in the importance of context — and the stereotypical assumptions that threaten to drown the combat veterans as they struggle to reintegrate into civilian life. Here’s the actual caption, drafted by the photographer, that accompanies this award-winning photograph:
Lance Cpl. Anthony Espinoza, Bravo Co. 1/5, wipes the salt and sweat out of his eyes which drips down out of his helmet at the end of a day long patrol out of Patrol Base Fires in Sangin District, Helmand province, Afghanistan on May 4, 2011. The 100 plus degree temperatures combined with the humidity of the flooded farm fields make walking and patrolling in the area a daily battle.
Here’s Minori, a super friendly Japanese artist/designer who attracts a lot of attention wherever shes goes. She stands out even in Harajuku! Minori is a well-known personality in Tokyo’s Shiro-Nuri (white painted skin) subculture. Minori has been featured in Japanese fashion magazines as well as appearing on numerous television programs.
Minori wears outfits – and makeup – which she designs and creates herself, often be “remaking” existing fashion. Her outfit here features a kimono coat (haori) top over a long polka dot skirt, lolita shoes, a parasol, hat, and various cute accessories.