Combat Photography In Words and Pictures: Army Reserve

Gagan Dhiman describes capturing the missions he’s experienced and how it helped build his confidence as a wedding photographer in civilian life.

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When my chain of command in the Army Reserve found out that I have a passion for photography and they saw some of my work, they wanted me to succeed and they made that happen. They took me from 91 Bravo light vehicle mechanic to a 25 Victor, which is a combat photographer.

The opportunity to photograph some of the equipment that we have like Humvees and Blackhawks and Apaches and I can go on and on. There’s so many different opportunities there for me to photograph.

The people that you photograph. You work with Special Forces, training that’s happening, or uh the combat situation and you’re in the middle of it just capturing it all. It’s a really really unique opportunity that I never thought that I would have.

As a combat photographer in the Army Reserve soldier, my responsibility is to make sure I capture the missions that are happening.

As a wedding photographer in the civilian life, doing so many photographs and building that confidence when I do go back to the army reserve.

As a combat photographer it just multiplies you more it’s like a snowball effect. You just get confident and just one feeds off the other. If you want to succeed and if you have a passion for anything at all, the opportunity is endless.