An attachement of Royal Engineers (EOD Specialists) and B (Malta) Company 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment undertake a 16 hour foot patrol to clear IEDs (improvised explosive devices) around their base. The mission, which is one of the most dangerous tasks undertaken by the troops involved isolating suspected IED sites by blowing through compound walls and creating a cordon whilst the suspect site is examined and any found devices are neutralized. That patrol left the base under the cover of darkness and worked throughout the day in searing temperatures reaching 55C (131F) occasionally exchanging fire with the enemy. At nightfall the patrol returned to base. Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, 20 August 2010.
In 2012 Jason received Best Picture Essay and Photographer of the Year Awards from the UK Picture Editors Guild for his body of work on the aftermath of an IED explosion in Afghanistan. His images showing a wounded British soldier on the battle field were the first to be published in the UK in nearly 30 years and as a result the British Ministry of Defense banned Jason from working on the frontline due to his unwillingness to allow his work to be censored by them and therefore showing an uncomfortable truth that they have long kept hidden from the public eye.
Jason is the director of Conflict Photography Workshops, an educational course that uses a unique mix of hostile environment and photographic training taught by a team of photojournalists and military advisers with 40 + years of combined front line experience.
Jason’s life and work are the subject of ‘HOKA HEY’, a film by Harold Monfils scheduled for release in 2015.BACK TO PHOTO