Photographs from Iraq


by Cpl. Reynaldo Leal, USMC/0311



Cpl. Leal sent these photographs to Afterimage Gallery back in early 2006. He is now safely back in Texas.


Reynaldo, After a Patrol My name is Reynaldo Leal and I am an infantryman in the Marine Corps. I was born and raised in Edinburg Texas, son of two Mexican immigrants. I've learned photography through reading books and in the early stages through pretty much mirroring other people's work. I always wanted to be that war time photographer... the one with the cover photo on TIME. When I graduated high school I had the choice of going to a photography institute or joining the Marine Corps... I have no regrets. I've learned so much in the Corps, and to be honest I've had this world opened to me that many photographers wish they could see. I've always had a love for photography and figured that I'd be finishing up school by now... but duty called. I am currently in Iraq with 3rd Battalion 5th Marines conducting combat patrols through the villages along the Euphrates. I always take my camera with me (a Canon 20D). I would like to share my photographs with you and hopefully you'll like them as much as my platoon does. I'll be here for another six months. Thank you.


Cpl. Leal emailed us some images recently, and we thought his work would be an arresting addition to the website. His email address is reyk47@msn.com.





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Tired Marines
Tired Marine
Fig on the Steps
Fig on the Steps
Mendez
Mendez
Day After
Day After
Sgt. Homestead
Sgt. Homestead
Looking Up
Looking Up
Death at Window
Death at Window
Goudy in the Sky
Goudy in the Sky
Three Girls
Three Girls
Children at the Wire
Children at the Wire
Palm Grove 1
Palm Grove 1
Smoking in the Rain
Smoking in the Rain
Simmons
Simmons
Shower Room
Shower Room
Quick Nap
Quick Nap
Firm Base
Firm Base



Cpl. Leal's latest photographs: Page Two





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