A reporter and photographer for GlobalPost.com, Tracey Shelton, earlier this week caught some unbelievable footage of some men of the Noor Den al-Zenke batallion from Aleppo, Syria being hit by a tank's shell. She released a quick series of screenshots from the footage as photographs today. The photos are an incredible and quite horrific example of war.
Tracey was only a few meters away from the blast when it occurred. She was shooting with a Canon 7D and a 28mm lens on a tripod running at 30fps. While I have seen video captured of times of war, this has to be one of the most amazing examples of what can be pulled from video footage to quickly reach a global audience.
"As the cloud of smoke engulfed the street we ran back and frantically waited for the others to escape through the dust and debris. But no one came. In that split second, three men were reduced to broken, bleeding masses. After a few minutes of disorientation, a vehicle arrived to transport the bodies. The survivors washed away the blood and flesh in a heartbreaking clean up. New fighters came to take their posts. And the battle continued." -Tracey Shelton
From left to right: Issa Aiash, 30, father of three, his young brother Ahmed, 17, and Sheihk Mamoud, 42, father of a newborn son, laugh and joke as they clean their post Saturday.
(Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
A call comes through that a tank was spotted nearby. The men immediately grab weapons. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
Within seconds the tank blast has already hit. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
Debris and smoke fill the street around 30 meters back - covering me and the camera in dust. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
This man was the only survivor. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
He escaped with injuries. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
It took several minutes before the dust cleared enough to check for more survivors, but there was nothing we could do. (Tracey Shelton - GlobalPost)
I have always had a deep respect for war photographers and the courage that they have within themselves to help keep the world informed and educated about what is going outside most of our bubbles. How do you feel about the images?
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