The Combat Soldiers

This segment of Melanie Pullen’s series Violent Times is titled The Combat Soldiers.

Pullen invites you to explore the stark contrast of fantasy vs. violence by viewing The Combat Soldiers juxtaposed against the stillness of the Soldier Portraits. Pullen encourages the viewer to observe how the combat poses evolve into imagery reminiscent of tribal war dances and rituals, both of which celebrated and romanticized violence dating back to tribal warrior societies.

Melanie Pullen’s photographic series Violent Times (2005-2009), is comprised of 95 large-scale lightboxes and photographic prints. In this series, Pullen explores the history of violence, the depiction of war beginning with the fantasy and glamour of historic painting, progressing toward the reality conveyed in modern journalism.