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Lifeline / 28 Feb 05

Lifeline / 28 Feb 05

The phones in Basic Training are a priced possession. I am certain that these soldiers snug away from their barracks to use the phone by the Gym, because usually there are great lines of waiting for the usage of the phone. Even today, while it rained outside and a tad cold, they stood out there to talk to their loved ones. The entire time of nine weeks I was allowed to use the phone twice, so you can imagine that this phone becomes their lifeline. You are terrified that someone messes up and your privelidge to use the phone is taken away. Hope they wont get caught on that phone by a Drill Sergeant :)

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Autumn Sky01-Mar-2005 11:35
this is excellent
Mark Rutter01-Mar-2005 05:31
Great capture of the human side to the army.
Ann LT01-Mar-2005 04:43
I really like the story behind your photos,Susanne. I esp like the smiling soldier!
Neal Nye01-Mar-2005 04:20
Great photojournalism Susanne. It's moments like this that make life tolerable.
Chris01-Mar-2005 04:16
Nice slice of life, Susanne.
Elaine (etfitz)01-Mar-2005 01:30
Wonderful moment that you caught!
bandito01-Mar-2005 00:44
What a poignent shot! I know that I would be very lonely, and a phone would be the only lifeline to family and friends. Good candid shot.
Lee Rudd28-Feb-2005 23:14
many of us take communication too much for granted - images like this remind us how special it can be. Great image, Susanne
Stu28-Feb-2005 22:35
Do they not have mobiles?
Si Kirk28-Feb-2005 21:15
Nice photo Susanne, the phone the fragile link with home and loved ones, all the years i lived on bases the phones were always busy no matter what time of day or year.
Donna Lear28-Feb-2005 20:22
Wonderful human interest shot and story to go with it. I especially like that you caught the one soldier's smiling expression. It is obvious how much that call means to him. Very nicely done.
Danny Barton28-Feb-2005 14:20
We didn't get to have phone calls when I went through basic at MCRD in San Diego in 1975. Mail call was the special delight about twice a week. There was no "off" time either. I like this image. A smile on a soldier's face gives me pleasure to see.
Herb Knufken28-Feb-2005 13:57
Nice shot
John Lester28-Feb-2005 13:45
I also recall that you did not want to hang around the barracks when you are off in Basic. They are also looking for "volunteers" for work detail in the company area.
Tom Darby28-Feb-2005 13:16
Yep, I love the story told by this shot as well.
Human interest images are very compelling.
Ian Clowes28-Feb-2005 09:39
Hope the drill S. isn't a pbaser! Telling shot.
Coleen Perilloux Landry28-Feb-2005 08:46
Excellent human interest photo.
whiskey0128-Feb-2005 07:56
Excellent shot, and superb story behind it. You should do more photographs like this to show us how army life is. Thanks for sharing!
henrywong28-Feb-2005 07:27
Excellent Shot!! One good picture tells a long story !!