Ashley Gilberstson hat in den vergangenen Jahren die Kinderzimmer amerikanischer gefallener Soldaten fotografiert. Eine sehr ruhige Reihe, die ganz leise, dafür aber um so ausdrucksstärker, den Finger in die Wunde legt und alles sagt, was an Krieg falsch ist. Sehr intime, sehr bedrückende Bilder, die – auch wenn sie nur die Zimmer amerikanischer Soldaten zeigen – völlig universal funktionieren.
These bedrooms once belonged to men and women who died fighting in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. These fallen men and women were blown up by IEDs, RPGs, hand grenades and suicide bombers. They were shot down in ambushes and by snipers. They died in helicopters, in humvees, and in tanks. It all took place thousands of miles away from home, and the country they fought to defend.
The purpose of this project is to honor these fallen – not simply as soldiers, marines, airmen and seamen, but as sons, daughters, sisters and brothers – and to remind us that before they fought, they lived, and they slept, just like us, at home.