These photos play on another trend in war coverage over the past few years, which is the transformation of the soldier and killing agents (the gun notwithstanding) into innocent man-child. 'The boys sleeping' has been a popular motif. Often, these photos have a homo-erotic resonance to them, although it's much more comfortable thinking: 'puppies.'
BagNews considers whether or not the use of the Hipstamatic app
in Damon Winter's controversial
'A Grunt's Life' iPhone photo essay lessens the impact and meaning of the photography. BagNews' point is murky, but using a method that is most popular with summer picnics or nightclubs to shoot the battlefield instead is certainly discussion-worthy.