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Capturing new angle on daily life in front lines of war across world

Violence, combat and bloodshed.

NEW ANGLE: Images tell the story of life in conflict area.
NEW ANGLE: Images tell the story of life in conflict area.

These may be the most enduring images to come out of the Afghanistan conflict.

However, one Scottish ­photographer is trying to tell a different story about life on the front line, and has won awards for his efforts.

Corporal Jamie Peters is an army photographer and earlier this year spent six months in the war-torn country, taking pictures as part of the Combat Camera team (CCT).

It was during this service that he attempted to show a softer side of army life, taking photographs of the day-to-day lives of those on duty.

Corporal Peters, 32, said trying to get a different angle on the subject was challenging, as it is already a "pretty ­saturated" subject.

He said: "A lot of people have already covered it, so I've tried to find a new view or a different picture of a similar thing.

"A lot of the previous stuff which has been covered is troops fighting, explosions, or mortars firing. I wanted to show everyday life and how it's changed.

"We're not out there fighting as much as we used to be, we've transitioned over to the Afghans doing a lot of the work, so I wanted to show that side."

Originally from Jedburgh, Corporal Peters joined the army as a Royal Engineer when he was 20, but a love of photography prompted him to retrain as an Army Photographer 11 years later.

Since his first post in the role, he has been sent on assignments to Cyprus, Germany and Kenya, as well as out to Afghanistan three times including his six months as part of the CCT.

It was during this stint that he won the accolade of Army Photographer of the Year 2013 for his folio of work.

He also scooped the award for Best Operational Images for his photograph called Sunset Soldiers and Best Overall Image for his photograph, Celtic Warrior, an image of a soldier from the 1st Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland cleaning his weapon.

And even though he has still seen the more violent aspects of combat, he says the climate in the country is gradually shifting.

He said: "When I was in Afghanistan in 2008, there was much more fighting and contact, so being shot at or rocket attacks, there was a lot of that happening.

"This year I still photographed the operations, but it was very much the Afghans in the lead and our troops were in a more mentoring role.

"We were out on our operations and we got shot at a few times but the Afghans took over and did what we trained them to do, which was good stuff."

Corporal Peters, who now lives with his wife Vicky in ­Buckinghamshire when not on duty, also maintains he made the right decision by changing his career focus.

He added: "It's brilliant telling so many different stories. I don't think there's another job in the military that you get to see absolutely everything that the army does.

"As an engineer, all I did was engineering.

"As a photographer, I could be out with the infantry patrolling, and up the flight line working with the air corps, whether it's helicopters or with the police doing checkpoints.

"It's a broad spectrum of what we do, it's been such a great opportunity and it's a ­brilliant job."

Jamie's work can be viewed alongside other Army Photographers at www.facebook.com/BritishArmyPhotographers.

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