Taking on a subject matter that might seem mundane to most but expertly turning it around to become intriguing and infinitely more interesting, photographer Henry Hargreaves’s cell phones photo series expresses how some in the military choose to decorate their phones.
Paying homage to the soldiers of Vietnam who always had engraved Zippo lighters on them, the ‘War Phones’ series portrays how these good-luck charms have been modernly updated to phones.
Soldiers were forbidden from showcasing any personal feelings or statements on their uniforms so they used to carve their messages on their lighters. And now they’re doing it on their phones. “I was struck by how similar the feelings on those Zippos are to the sentiments of soldiers I’ve spoken with who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan,” says Hargreaves about the cell phones photo series.