The billboard exhibition of Helmand Return is taking place between the 6th and 19th October 2014. With the help of Arts Council England and Posterscope, we have secured 59 sites across England and Scotland to showcase the imagery. 

Scroll through this gallery to find each billboard's location and description, or alternatively, you can browse by map. We would also love to see any of your images of these posters in situ, so please submit them here for inclusion on the site. 


6 sheet posters at bus stops, etc:

6 SHEET POSTER IN WIMBORNE This is an image of one of the operations areas that is known as the Reverse Supply Chain, photographed on the 29th April 2014. This relates to the logging and packing away of equipment that is due to fly home. Very often you find working areas covered by camouflage netting which in the harsh midday light produces an incredible mottled pattern of light and shade.

6 SHEET POSTER IN WIMBORNE

This is an image of one of the operations areas that is known as the Reverse Supply Chain, photographed on the 29th April 2014.

This relates to the logging and packing away of equipment that is due to fly home.

Very often you find working areas covered by camouflage netting which in the harsh midday light produces an incredible mottled pattern of light and shade.

6 SHEET POSTER IN KETTERING This is a portrait of our guide in an area called Theatre Equipment Support, who was photographed on the 30th of April 2014 Based in Camp Bastion, this area is where vehicles, guns and other equipment are repaired.  Just as I was finishing off documenting this area our guide asked if there was anything else I needed….a question she soon regretted asking. Her beautiful freckles reminded me of the camouflage I was seeing everywhere.

6 SHEET POSTER IN KETTERING

This is a portrait of our guide in an area called Theatre Equipment Support, who was photographed on the 30th of April 2014

Based in Camp Bastion, this area is where vehicles, guns and other equipment are repaired. 

Just as I was finishing off documenting this area our guide asked if there was anything else I needed….a question she soon regretted asking. Her beautiful freckles reminded me of the camouflage I was seeing everywhere.

6 SHEET POSTER IN BLABY, WHETSTONE This is an image of one of the military working dogs and his handler, taken on the 28th April 2014. The dogs are highly trained and with their handlers will carry out tasks such as patrolling bases, searching vehicles and going on patrols on the front line.  At Camp Bastion the dogs are housed in air-conditioned kennels which have heating for the cold winter nights. When based out of forward operating bases the dogs sleep with their handlers.

6 SHEET POSTER IN BLABY, WHETSTONE

This is an image of one of the military working dogs and his handler, taken on the 28th April 2014. The dogs are highly trained and with their handlers will carry out tasks such as patrolling bases, searching vehicles and going on patrols on the front line. 

At Camp Bastion the dogs are housed in air-conditioned kennels which have heating for the cold winter nights. When based out of forward operating bases the dogs sleep with their handlers.

6 SHEET POSTER IN KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES This image is of a sangar at Camp Souter in Kabul and was taken on the 5th May 2014.. A sangar is a protected sentry post, normally located around the perimeter of a base. Its main function is to provide early warning of enemy or terrorist attack in order to protect forces both within the base and those deployed within sight of the sangar. This particular sangar overlooks a pathway used by locals travelling to and from town, and a big open playing field where children were playing football. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES

This image is of a sangar at Camp Souter in Kabul and was taken on the 5th May 2014..

A sangar is a protected sentry post, normally located around the perimeter of a base. Its main function is to provide early warning of enemy or terrorist attack in order to protect forces both within the base and those deployed within sight of the sangar.

This particular sangar overlooks a pathway used by locals travelling to and from town, and a big open playing field where children were playing football. 

6 SHEET IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES This portrait was taken on the 29th April 2014 at the 25 metre firing range at Camp Bastion.  A new group of medics was being brought up to speed with their shooting skills and this was taken during one of their rest periods.   The contrast of the bright orange child’s lollipop against the robust monotone army clothing is what drew me to this image. 

6 SHEET IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES

This portrait was taken on the 29th April 2014 at the 25 metre firing range at Camp Bastion.  A new group of medics was being brought up to speed with their shooting skills and this was taken during one of their rest periods.  

The contrast of the bright orange child’s lollipop against the robust monotone army clothing is what drew me to this image. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN BRISTOL Portrait taken at Camp Bastion in April 2014 just before going on patrol.

6 SHEET POSTER IN BRISTOL

Portrait taken at Camp Bastion in April 2014 just before going on patrol.

6 SHEET POSTER IN BEDFORD This image was taken at Camp Bastion whilst walking back from the DFAC (dining facility) one day. I was constantly looking for images of everyday items amongst the alien environment of a war zone. Here, one of the girls on base enjoys a Calippo ice lolly. Originally it was the bright orange against the almost monotone landscapes of greens, browns, and beiges that you get used to seeing that pulled me into this image, but on close inspection the addition of a wedding or engagement ring is another little reminder of the connections back home and the sacrifices people make.

6 SHEET POSTER IN BEDFORD

This image was taken at Camp Bastion whilst walking back from the DFAC (dining facility) one day. I was constantly looking for images of everyday items amongst the alien environment of a war zone.

Here, one of the girls on base enjoys a Calippo ice lolly. Originally it was the bright orange against the almost monotone landscapes of greens, browns, and beiges that you get used to seeing that pulled me into this image, but on close inspection the addition of a wedding or engagement ring is another little reminder of the connections back home and the sacrifices people make.

6 SHEET POSTER IN EXMOUTH This image was taken at Camp Bastion at one of the lookout posts, otherwise known as "sangars". Camp Bastion has many of these fortified lookouts all around the perimeter of the camp. Each one is manned by eight men, who live there for two weeks at a time. Although within the wire (perimeter fence) of Camp Bastion where conditions are slightly more comfortable, the sangars reminded me of the forward operating bases that I visited in 2008, with each one having their own improvised kitchen, solar shower, and the obligatory work out area, fashioned out of whatever equipment can be found.   Here a makeshift bench press is juxtaposed with the everyday image of a brand new Nike trainer box. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN EXMOUTH

This image was taken at Camp Bastion at one of the lookout posts, otherwise known as "sangars".

Camp Bastion has many of these fortified lookouts all around the perimeter of the camp. Each one is manned by eight men, who live there for two weeks at a time. Although within the wire (perimeter fence) of Camp Bastion where conditions are slightly more comfortable, the sangars reminded me of the forward operating bases that I visited in 2008, with each one having their own improvised kitchen, solar shower, and the obligatory work out area, fashioned out of whatever equipment can be found.  

Here a makeshift bench press is juxtaposed with the everyday image of a brand new Nike trainer box. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES This image is from one of the containers full of used equipment in an area of Camp Bastion known as "War Like Scrap". Anything that can’t be recycled or returned to the UK is broken down and destroyed so that it’s not misappropriated. What drew me to this was the fact that when we think about modern day wars we consider them to be fought from a distance with advanced weaponry.   The image of spent shotgun cartridges alongside smoke canisters conjures up a very different image. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES

This image is from one of the containers full of used equipment in an area of Camp Bastion known as "War Like Scrap".

Anything that can’t be recycled or returned to the UK is broken down and destroyed so that it’s not misappropriated.

What drew me to this was the fact that when we think about modern day wars we consider them to be fought from a distance with advanced weaponry.  

The image of spent shotgun cartridges alongside smoke canisters conjures up a very different image. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN KIDDERMINSTER This image was taken on my first morning back in Afghanistan. After returning from a patrol the Warthog amoured vehicle group clean and pack away their equipment.

6 SHEET POSTER IN KIDDERMINSTER

This image was taken on my first morning back in Afghanistan. After returning from a patrol the Warthog amoured vehicle group clean and pack away their equipment.

6 SHEET POSTER IN ANDOVER This portrait was taken at Camp Bastion at the end of April 2014, when a group of soldiers had just returned from one of the last remaining patrols.   

6 SHEET POSTER IN ANDOVER

This portrait was taken at Camp Bastion at the end of April 2014, when a group of soldiers had just returned from one of the last remaining patrols.   

6 SHEET POSTER IN BRISTOL This is shot of one of the secure ISAF locations within Kabul. Arrows show the distance in kilometres to various locations throughout the world where people within the base come from.

6 SHEET POSTER IN BRISTOL

This is shot of one of the secure ISAF locations within Kabul. Arrows show the distance in kilometres to various locations throughout the world where people within the base come from.

6 SHEET POSTER IN DURHAM This was taken at Camp Bastion after the Warthog armoured vehicle unit returned from patrol.   The equipment is cleaned and stored in ISO containers. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN DURHAM

This was taken at Camp Bastion after the Warthog armoured vehicle unit returned from patrol.  

The equipment is cleaned and stored in ISO containers. 

6 SHEET IN NORTH AVON This was photographed at the flight line at Camp Bastion. Each unit decorates the heavily fortified blast walls with a mural to commemorate their tour.  Each section of the blast wall is around 2 tonnes in weight so there was never any chance of bringing the murals home when the troops leave.  A week after I left Camp Bastion they were all due to be whitewashed. Fortunately I was able to photograph them all.

6 SHEET IN NORTH AVON

This was photographed at the flight line at Camp Bastion.

Each unit decorates the heavily fortified blast walls with a mural to commemorate their tour.  Each section of the blast wall is around 2 tonnes in weight so there was never any chance of bringing the murals home when the troops leave. 

A week after I left Camp Bastion they were all due to be whitewashed. Fortunately I was able to photograph them all.

6 SHEET POSTER IN CHICHESTER This was taken at Camp Bastion just after the troops had returned from one of the last patrols.

6 SHEET POSTER IN CHICHESTER

This was taken at Camp Bastion just after the troops had returned from one of the last patrols.

6 SHEET POSTER IN BARNET This image was was taken at Camp Souter, Kabul.  This is the door to one of the makeshift gyms that you find at every camp and base. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN BARNET

This image was was taken at Camp Souter, Kabul.  This is the door to one of the makeshift gyms that you find at every camp and base. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN BROMLEY This portrait was taken at Camp Bastion in April 2014. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN BROMLEY

This portrait was taken at Camp Bastion in April 2014. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN LIVERPOOL Photographed in Camp Bastion in April 2014 the Warthog armored vehicle brigade had just returned from patrol when all the equipment and ammunition was being laid out for cleaning and storage. This graphic image of bandoliers is one of my favourites from the trip.

6 SHEET POSTER IN LIVERPOOL

Photographed in Camp Bastion in April 2014 the Warthog armored vehicle brigade had just returned from patrol when all the equipment and ammunition was being laid out for cleaning and storage.

This graphic image of bandoliers is one of my favourites from the trip.

6 SHEET POSTER IN WESTMINSTER This portrait was taken when a group of soldiers had just returned from one of the last remaining patrols. It was photographed in Camp Bastion in April 2014.

6 SHEET POSTER IN WESTMINSTER

This portrait was taken when a group of soldiers had just returned from one of the last remaining patrols. It was photographed in Camp Bastion in April 2014.

6 SHEET POSTER IN CARRICK This image was taken at Kandahar International Airport, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF. This image is of discarded T-Walls.  They are steel–reinforced concrete walls used for blast protection. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN CARRICK

This image was taken at Kandahar International Airport, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF. This image is of discarded T-Walls.  They are steel–reinforced concrete walls used for blast protection. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN BRISTOL Taken in early May 2014.  It shows one of the targets at the 25 metre range in Camp Bastion.  

6 SHEET POSTER IN BRISTOL

Taken in early May 2014.  It shows one of the targets at the 25 metre range in Camp Bastion.  

6 SHEET POSTER IN MUSWELL HILL, LONDON Photographed in early May 2014 and situated in a large tunnel shaped tent, this is the Post Office counter in Camp Bastion.

6 SHEET POSTER IN MUSWELL HILL, LONDON

Photographed in early May 2014 and situated in a large tunnel shaped tent, this is the Post Office counter in Camp Bastion.

6 SHEET POSTER IN IPSWICH This was photographed on the runway of Camp Bastion in early May 2014. The nose cone of a Boeing 747 is lifted to allow the plane to be loaded with equipment returning to the UK. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN IPSWICH

This was photographed on the runway of Camp Bastion in early May 2014.

The nose cone of a Boeing 747 is lifted to allow the plane to be loaded with equipment returning to the UK. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES Photographed at Kandahar International Airfield, and resembling some sort of alien fish, this surveillance pod is connected to the wing of one of the British Tornado aircraft that reside there.

6 SHEET POSTER IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES

Photographed at Kandahar International Airfield, and resembling some sort of alien fish, this surveillance pod is connected to the wing of one of the British Tornado aircraft that reside there.

6 SHEET POSTER IN NORTH AVON This image was taken at Kandahar International Airport, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF. It is Afghanistan’s second main international airport and is one of the largest military bases, capable of housing around two hundred military aircraft, including the British Forces Tornado GR4, and C130 Hercules aircraft. There is a bus service that travels around the base with the bus stops taking on many different guises. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN NORTH AVON

This image was taken at Kandahar International Airport, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF.

It is Afghanistan’s second main international airport and is one of the largest military bases, capable of housing around two hundred military aircraft, including the British Forces Tornado GR4, and C130 Hercules aircraft.

There is a bus service that travels around the base with the bus stops taking on many different guises. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN CAMBRIDGE One of the more surreal areas within any of the bases has got to be the Boardwalk in Kandahar Airfield, (KAF). In the middle there is an artificial turf football pitch, beach volleyball nets, and outdoor hockey rink, which are surrounded by coffee shops, fast food chains, electronic equipment stores, as well as rug and jewellery stores.  One of the old U.S. generals hated it, vowing to have it torn down as he felt it made the troops soft.  Others felt it was a necessity for keeping up troop morale. Either way, by the end of the year it will all be shut for good. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN CAMBRIDGE

One of the more surreal areas within any of the bases has got to be the Boardwalk in Kandahar Airfield, (KAF). In the middle there is an artificial turf football pitch, beach volleyball nets, and outdoor hockey rink, which are surrounded by coffee shops, fast food chains, electronic equipment stores, as well as rug and jewellery stores.  One of the old U.S. generals hated it, vowing to have it torn down as he felt it made the troops soft.  Others felt it was a necessity for keeping up troop morale.

Either way, by the end of the year it will all be shut for good. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN LIVERPOOL This portrait was taken at Camp Bastion just after the troops had returned from one of the last patrols. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN LIVERPOOL

This portrait was taken at Camp Bastion just after the troops had returned from one of the last patrols. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN BROMLEY This was photographed on my first morning back in Afghanistan, at Camp Bastion.  Whilst taking a portrait of a soldier who had just returned from patrol I noticed his ‘St. Christopher’, generally known to be the patron saint of travellers. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN BROMLEY

This was photographed on my first morning back in Afghanistan, at Camp Bastion.  Whilst taking a portrait of a soldier who had just returned from patrol I noticed his ‘St. Christopher’, generally known to be the patron saint of travellers. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN ODIHAM This was photographed at the Joint Air Group (JAG) in Camp Bastion.   Apart from each unit painting the heavily fortified blast walls with a mural to commemorate their tour, you often see some of the smaller blast walls also painted, by those trying to make the place feel a little more like home. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN ODIHAM

This was photographed at the Joint Air Group (JAG) in Camp Bastion.  

Apart from each unit painting the heavily fortified blast walls with a mural to commemorate their tour, you often see some of the smaller blast walls also painted, by those trying to make the place feel a little more like home. 

6 SHEET IN SANDWELL, WEST BROMWICH Many of the troops use tattoos to remind themselves of loved ones back home. The girl who this tattoo belongs to wasn’t too keen on having her portrait taken, but was very happy to show me her love of “The Baggies”. 

6 SHEET IN SANDWELL, WEST BROMWICH

Many of the troops use tattoos to remind themselves of loved ones back home.

The girl who this tattoo belongs to wasn’t too keen on having her portrait taken, but was very happy to show me her love of “The Baggies”. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN CAMDEN, LONDON Made from an ISO container and a tent, this is Camp Bastion’s very own Church of St. Michael. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN CAMDEN, LONDON

Made from an ISO container and a tent, this is Camp Bastion’s very own Church of St. Michael. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN HILLINGDON This portrait was taken at Kandahar Airfield (KAF), and is of a British pilot of a Tornado jet aircraft.  The pilot and his navigator/weapons officer can be up and flying just minutes after being scrambled. 

6 SHEET POSTER IN HILLINGDON

This portrait was taken at Kandahar Airfield (KAF), and is of a British pilot of a Tornado jet aircraft.  The pilot and his navigator/weapons officer can be up and flying just minutes after being scrambled. 


48 sheet billboards - click on any image to enlarge, read description by hovering, or to submit your pictures:

48 SHEET POSTER IN MANCHESTER This is the view through the windscreen of a Foxhound patrol vehicle whilst driving through the streets of Kabul, returning to Camp Souter from Camp Qargha. It was photographed on the 6th May 2014   The Foxhound is a hi-tech vehicle that replaced the Army’s Snatch Land Rovers. They have a V-shaped hull that helps to protect against improvised explosive devices, can carry six people at speeds of up to 70mph, and cost nearly one million pounds each. 

48 SHEET POSTER IN MANCHESTER

This is the view through the windscreen of a Foxhound patrol vehicle whilst driving through the streets of Kabul, returning to Camp Souter from Camp Qargha. It was photographed on the 6th May 2014  

The Foxhound is a hi-tech vehicle that replaced the Army’s Snatch Land Rovers. They have a V-shaped hull that helps to protect against improvised explosive devices, can carry six people at speeds of up to 70mph, and cost nearly one million pounds each. 

48 SHEET POSTER IN CORBY This was taken on the 30th April 2014 at Camp Bastion one evening just after supper. I was returning from the DFAC (dining facility), when some of the guys invited me to see their accommodation.  The drawdown process has meant much of Camp Bastion has been taken apart and sent to the UK resulting in most of the camp going back to tented accommodation.   This particular tent sleeps up to ten people and has air conditioning pumped in to keep the temperatures bearable in the summer months. 

48 SHEET POSTER IN CORBY

This was taken on the 30th April 2014 at Camp Bastion one evening just after supper. I was returning from the DFAC (dining facility), when some of the guys invited me to see their accommodation. 

The drawdown process has meant much of Camp Bastion has been taken apart and sent to the UK resulting in most of the camp going back to tented accommodation.  

This particular tent sleeps up to ten people and has air conditioning pumped in to keep the temperatures bearable in the summer months. 

48 SHEET POSTER IN LEIGH-ON-SEA This image was shot at Camp  Qargha, Kabul on the 6th May 2014. Qargha is the site of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA), part of the UK's enduring commitment to Afghanistan after the end of combat operations. Check out the guy on top of the generator….. surely one of the harshest places to sunbathe!

48 SHEET POSTER IN LEIGH-ON-SEA

This image was shot at Camp  Qargha, Kabul on the 6th May 2014. Qargha is the site of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA), part of the UK's enduring commitment to Afghanistan after the end of combat operations.

Check out the guy on top of the generator….. surely one of the harshest places to sunbathe!

48 SHEET POSTER IN HILLINGDON, LONDON This image was taken at the flight line in Camp Bastion. Here the British troops mainly service Apache and Chinook helicopters.  One of the most important goals of the project was to find items and images that would resonate at home in the UK, and seeing as I live close to Heathrow this was one that caught my eye. 

48 SHEET POSTER IN HILLINGDON, LONDON

This image was taken at the flight line in Camp Bastion. Here the British troops mainly service Apache and Chinook helicopters. 

One of the most important goals of the project was to find items and images that would resonate at home in the UK, and seeing as I live close to Heathrow this was one that caught my eye. 

48 SHEET POSTER IN DUDLEY This image was shot at Camp Bastion on my very first morning back in Afghanistan. This is one of the Warthog armoured vehicles being repaired after returning from patrol.  The Warthog group were carrying out some of the last patrols by British troops, and in fact whilst I was there the last of the outposts, Sterga 2, was also closed down.

48 SHEET POSTER IN DUDLEY

This image was shot at Camp Bastion on my very first morning back in Afghanistan. This is one of the Warthog armoured vehicles being repaired after returning from patrol.  The Warthog group were carrying out some of the last patrols by British troops, and in fact whilst I was there the last of the outposts, Sterga 2, was also closed down.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LEICESTER This image was photographed at Camp Bastion on my very first day back in Afghanistan. These are the Warthog armoured vehicles returning from what was one of the few patrols left that the British troops carried out.   The convoy of armoured vehicles roared past us for around twenty minutes without a break, creating an enormous cloud of dust perfectly backlight from the early morning sun.   It was the certainly a dramatic image to be greeted with on my first morning.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LEICESTER

This image was photographed at Camp Bastion on my very first day back in Afghanistan. These are the Warthog armoured vehicles returning from what was one of the few patrols left that the British troops carried out.  

The convoy of armoured vehicles roared past us for around twenty minutes without a break, creating an enormous cloud of dust perfectly backlight from the early morning sun.  

It was the certainly a dramatic image to be greeted with on my first morning.

48 SHEET POSTER IN GALASHIELS, ETTRICK AND LAUDERDALE The piper here was shot in Camp Bastion just before his battalion was due out beyond the wire (perimeter fence).  He would traditionally play the pipes in front the vehicles whilst leading them out. 

48 SHEET POSTER IN GALASHIELS, ETTRICK AND LAUDERDALE

The piper here was shot in Camp Bastion just before his battalion was due out beyond the wire (perimeter fence).  He would traditionally play the pipes in front the vehicles whilst leading them out. 

48 SHEET POSTER IN LIVERPOOL This image was taken at Camp Souter in Kabul.  It is an image from inside one of the lookout towers, otherwise known as sangars, that are located around the perimeter of a base.  Its main function is to provide early warning of enemy attack in order to protect forces both within the base and those deployed within sight of the sangar.

48 SHEET POSTER IN LIVERPOOL

This image was taken at Camp Souter in Kabul.  It is an image from inside one of the lookout towers, otherwise known as sangars, that are located around the perimeter of a base.  Its main function is to provide early warning of enemy attack in order to protect forces both within the base and those deployed within sight of the sangar.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LIVERPOOL On the day I returned to Afghanistan 5 men lost their lives when the Lynx helicopter they were travelling in crashed.  A few days later I was walking around an area in Camp Bastion known as Theatre Equipment Support when I stumbled across the five crosses that were being made to send to each of the men's families, as has become tradition in this conflict.  Each cross, which can take up to 40 hours to complete, is made from spent ammunition shells. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LIVERPOOL

On the day I returned to Afghanistan 5 men lost their lives when the Lynx helicopter they were travelling in crashed.  A few days later I was walking around an area in Camp Bastion known as Theatre Equipment Support when I stumbled across the five crosses that were being made to send to each of the men's families, as has become tradition in this conflict.  Each cross, which can take up to 40 hours to complete, is made from spent ammunition shells. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LIVERPOOL This image was taken on my very last day in Afghanistan at a section of Camp Bastion known as "War-Like Scrap". Here anything that cannot be recycled or returned to the UK is broken down and sold or scrapped. This particular image is of the remains of some of the HESCO walls that are used to fortify camps and bases. The HESCO comes in varying sizes, is made from heavy-duty material and metal, and when filled with local earth can make a formidable barrier.   It was quite poignant having had HESCO feature so much in my work from 2008 that here, with one of the very last pictures I took from my visit this year, I should witness the HESCO in its final state, reminding me so much of the landscape of Afghanistan. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LIVERPOOL

This image was taken on my very last day in Afghanistan at a section of Camp Bastion known as "War-Like Scrap". Here anything that cannot be recycled or returned to the UK is broken down and sold or scrapped. This particular image is of the remains of some of the HESCO walls that are used to fortify camps and bases. The HESCO comes in varying sizes, is made from heavy-duty material and metal, and when filled with local earth can make a formidable barrier.  

It was quite poignant having had HESCO feature so much in my work from 2008 that here, with one of the very last pictures I took from my visit this year, I should witness the HESCO in its final state, reminding me so much of the landscape of Afghanistan. 

48 SHEET IN LEATHERHEAD A group of medics go through some weapon training at the 25 metre range at Camp Bastion. 

48 SHEET IN LEATHERHEAD

A group of medics go through some weapon training at the 25 metre range at Camp Bastion. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN YEOVIL This image was taken at Kandahar International Airport, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF.  It is Afghanistan’s second main international airport and is one of  the largest military bases, capable of housing around two hundred military aircraft, including the British Forces Tornado GR4, and C130 Hercules aircraft. There is a bus service that travels around the base with the bus stops taking on many different guises. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN YEOVIL

This image was taken at Kandahar International Airport, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF.  It is Afghanistan’s second main international airport and is one of  the largest military bases, capable of housing around two hundred military aircraft, including the British Forces Tornado GR4, and C130 Hercules aircraft.

There is a bus service that travels around the base with the bus stops taking on many different guises. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LIVERPOOL This image was taken at Camp Bastion one evening just after supper.  I was returning from the DFAC (dining facility), when some of the guys invited me to see their accommodation.   The drawdown process has meant much of Camp Bastion has been taken apart and sent to the UK resulting in most of the camp going back to tented accommodation.   This particular tent sleeps up to ten people and has air conditioning pumped in to keep the temperatures bearable in the summer months. What I was constantly looking for in the camps were the objects and images that would form a connection with the home comforts we are used to in the UK. I know from my time in 2008 that some of the most reflective time was spent when tucked up in bed, and what better way to think of home than to be beneath your own duvet cover.  

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LIVERPOOL

This image was taken at Camp Bastion one evening just after supper.  I was returning from the DFAC (dining facility), when some of the guys invited me to see their accommodation.  

The drawdown process has meant much of Camp Bastion has been taken apart and sent to the UK resulting in most of the camp going back to tented accommodation.  

This particular tent sleeps up to ten people and has air conditioning pumped in to keep the temperatures bearable in the summer months.

What I was constantly looking for in the camps were the objects and images that would form a connection with the home comforts we are used to in the UK.

I know from my time in 2008 that some of the most reflective time was spent when tucked up in bed, and what better way to think of home than to be beneath your own duvet cover.

 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN SHEFFIELD Although this might seem like a compound in the heart of Helmand province it is in fact within “the wire” (perimeter fence) at Camp Bastion.  The compound is made so that troops can be trained how to operate in villages and compounds once outside the wire. Around this compound you might come across buried decommissioned landmines in the ground with trip wires around the door frames to help in the education of what is known as ‘Ground Sign Awareness’.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN SHEFFIELD

Although this might seem like a compound in the heart of Helmand province it is in fact within “the wire” (perimeter fence) at Camp Bastion.  The compound is made so that troops can be trained how to operate in villages and compounds once outside the wire.

Around this compound you might come across buried decommissioned landmines in the ground with trip wires around the door frames to help in the education of what is known as ‘Ground Sign Awareness’.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LEEDS I came across this in one of the storerooms at Camp Bastion.  The scale of the operation is one that never ceased to amaze me. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LEEDS

I came across this in one of the storerooms at Camp Bastion.  The scale of the operation is one that never ceased to amaze me. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN KNOWSLEY This portrait was taken at Kandahar International Airfield, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF. It is Afghanistan’s second main international airport and is one of the largest military bases, capable of housing around two hundred military aircraft, including the British Forces Tornado GR4. This is one of the Tornado pilots, or as his navigator/weapons officer called him, "his taxi driver".

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN KNOWSLEY

This portrait was taken at Kandahar International Airfield, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF. It is Afghanistan’s second main international airport and is one of the largest military bases, capable of housing around two hundred military aircraft, including the British Forces Tornado GR4. This is one of the Tornado pilots, or as his navigator/weapons officer called him, "his taxi driver".

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN CAMDEN, LONDON This was taken at Camp Bastion in the early hours of the morning.  This is one of the RAF’s newer multi role A330 Voyager aircraft being loaded with troops making the final journey home.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN CAMDEN, LONDON

This was taken at Camp Bastion in the early hours of the morning.  This is one of the RAF’s newer multi role A330 Voyager aircraft being loaded with troops making the final journey home.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN MILTON KEYNES This was photographed at Camp Bastion in an area know as Theatre Equipment Support.   I was constantly on the lookout for arresting images that were out of the ordinary for the situation we were in.   Here a soldier gently shapes pieces of metal, making a rose to send back to a loved one. The contrast and contradiction of soft and strong is one that drew me to this image. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN MILTON KEYNES

This was photographed at Camp Bastion in an area know as Theatre Equipment Support.  

I was constantly on the lookout for arresting images that were out of the ordinary for the situation we were in.  

Here a soldier gently shapes pieces of metal, making a rose to send back to a loved one. The contrast and contradiction of soft and strong is one that drew me to this image. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN SOUTHAMPTON This was taken at Camp Bastion just after the troops had returned from one of the last patrols. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN SOUTHAMPTON

This was taken at Camp Bastion just after the troops had returned from one of the last patrols. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN PORTSMOUTH Taken at Kandahar Air Field, this is the back section of the jet engine from a Tornado aircraft.  The engine had been taken out of the aircraft for service.   What drew me to it was the almost natural organic nature of the pattern, its beauty, colour and symmetry, all of which seemed to jar with its true purpose. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN PORTSMOUTH

Taken at Kandahar Air Field, this is the back section of the jet engine from a Tornado aircraft. 

The engine had been taken out of the aircraft for service.  

What drew me to it was the almost natural organic nature of the pattern, its beauty, colour and symmetry, all of which seemed to jar with its true purpose. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES This landscape is from the top of the hill overlooking Camp Qargha in Kabul. Qargha is the site of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA).   Also know as "Sandhurst in the Sun", the ANA recruits are trained by British officers. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN STOCKTON-ON-TEES

This landscape is from the top of the hill overlooking Camp Qargha in Kabul.

Qargha is the site of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA).  

Also know as "Sandhurst in the Sun", the ANA recruits are trained by British officers. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN DUDLEY This is one of the fortified wall sections at Camp Qargha in Kabul. Qargha is the site of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA). The walls are made from HESCO which comes flat packed in varying sizes, is made from heavy duty material and metal, and when filled with local earth can make a formidable barrier.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN DUDLEY

This is one of the fortified wall sections at Camp Qargha in Kabul. Qargha is the site of the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA).

The walls are made from HESCO which comes flat packed in varying sizes, is made from heavy duty material and metal, and when filled with local earth can make a formidable barrier.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN AVONMOUTH, BRISTOL Photographed at Camp Bastion in May 2014. One of the overwhelming sights was the number of ISO storage containers being loaded ready to return to the UK.   In fact this was a small proportion compared with the amount that were there just a month before my visit. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN AVONMOUTH, BRISTOL

Photographed at Camp Bastion in May 2014.

One of the overwhelming sights was the number of ISO storage containers being loaded ready to return to the UK.  

In fact this was a small proportion compared with the amount that were there just a month before my visit. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN SALFORD This was photographed at the fire station in Camp Bastion in May 2014. Within the tent is another makeshift gymnasium that you find all around the camps and bases.   

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN SALFORD

This was photographed at the fire station in Camp Bastion in May 2014. Within the tent is another makeshift gymnasium that you find all around the camps and bases. 

 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN MANCHESTER This image was taken from within one of the RAF control rooms at Kandahar International Airport, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF.  Headphones are individually marked for recognition. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN MANCHESTER

This image was taken from within one of the RAF control rooms at Kandahar International Airport, referred to by ISAF as Kandahar Air Field, or KAF. 

Headphones are individually marked for recognition. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN EALING, LONDON This image was taken in an area of Camp Bastion known as "War-Like Scrap". Anything that can’t be recycled or returned to the UK is broken down and sold or destroyed.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN EALING, LONDON

This image was taken in an area of Camp Bastion known as "War-Like Scrap". Anything that can’t be recycled or returned to the UK is broken down and sold or destroyed.

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LEICESTER Taken in early May 2014, this shows the heavily fortified T-Walls within Camp Bastion surrounding some of the more comfortable  ‘Tier 2’ accommodation. 

48 SHEET BILLBOARD IN LEICESTER

Taken in early May 2014, this shows the heavily fortified T-Walls within Camp Bastion surrounding some of the more comfortable  ‘Tier 2’ accommodation.