It wasn’t with the gun – although he did a lot during his time in the service – but with the camera, doing surveillance.
Dobby, who joined the army before his 17th.Th Birthday as an engineer, left 12 years later as a staff sergeant. He then got several jobs in his field, including in the city, before becoming a security consultant for international media companies.
Traveling with journalists to battlefields, Dobby began photographing people suffering from violence and poverty and showed extraordinary courage and resilience in difficult situations.
Photographs of the veteran are admired in a gallery in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and another exhibition. Made in a collision., Taking place at the Mayfair in London this week.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of photographs goes to the Special Air Services Regimental Association’s Sentinel Program, which provides assistance to former members facing problems.
Dobby faced difficulties in his own personal and professional life, and said that it was the support of his former colleagues that helped him go through this period and help him organize his photography project. Helped to
“I was in a bad place for a while,” he said. “My marriage broke down and my journalistic work dried up with cowardice and travel obstacles.
“I did not expect to sign up for Universal Credit at the age of 49.
“I underwent therapy which was very helpful to me and the support of former colleagues who were very important in getting me back on track.
“I don’t think anyone can be safe from what they’ve experienced and it really helps to talk about it.”
Dobby, now in his 50s, added: “I thought even more about all the people we met on the road through such traumatic times and continue to do so.
“The pictures I took try to show their lives and it was great to see the reaction of those who came to see the show at Chelton Ham. A lot of people were very kind with their compliments and I did a lot. What is sold is good.
“The SAS has been very encouraging all the way. I think there is now an understanding in the Armed Forces that those who need to come forward with such issues can do so without embarrassment.
Many of Dobi’s pictures are about the plight of homeless people in the chaos of conflict. They were taken in the context of recent episodes, in Syria, Iraq, Libya – families fleeing the fighting; A child carefully carries the doll’s house outside its ruined home: a woman with her children in a refugee camp with a drawing showing the massacre from which they fled, and in the West The doors of the shelter were firmly closed on their faces.
Dobby’s worldview, to a certain extent, had taken the form of his later work with the media, along with his time at SAS.
The Special Forces are proud of their low rankings and give members more freedom of thought and action than the rest of the military. Journalism on the front line, Dobby felt, also provided an opportunity to analyze and reflect on what was happening.
“I think both of them can think outside the box and make up their minds about things because they are on the ground. At SAS, I felt honored to be part of a select team and loved the friendship.”
“But sometimes I feel like we’re being used as a political tool, and I’m really glad that Iraq was out of the military during the Second World War.”
“I am fortunate to be with front-line journalists who are brave, tough and thoughtful. I can see some similarities between them and my former comrades in the military, there are shared experiences, witnessing the hardships and violence that Are bound to impress you.
The effects of personal and professional problems on those in the military have led to the recent suicide of Major General Matt Holmes, whose last rites took place on Wednesday. The former chief of the Royal Marines had separated from his wife, while the role of commandant general was reduced to claims and counter-claims about domestic military politics.
According to friends, Major General Holmes also expressed deep concern about the haste from western Afghanistan, a country where he had served and where he had many friends.
When asked about Tuesday’s death in Winchester, Hampshire Coroner Jason Pegg said Major General Holmes had “concerns about his marriage and his service career.”
Wounded, mentally and physically, also live with those who served in the Special Forces. But they often have the added problem of not talking about their experience in missions because they were and still are secretive.
“It’s definitely a problem. Boys feel like they can’t sit in a group with other people they don’t know and open up about what they’ve been through. It’s the armed forces with them. I have a lot more difficulty than others.
“We are not saying that SAS people can be more affected by the army, police or firefighters or members of the public. But talking about what happened is an important part of resolving this issue.” In many cases this is not possible, which is one of the reasons we have developed the Sentinel Program, so that those who need help can meet people from a common background.
The secretary, who spent 22 years in the SAS, said that although the stigma of coming forward for help was fading, there were still people who could shy away from doing so.
“The problem, we get the impression, is that there may be direct entry officers who join from other places, spend time in the regiment, and then go back and come back as squadron commander. They’re a little more anxious about moving forward because, perhaps, they feel they need to prove themselves, “he said,” but hopefully that will change, too.
Dobby has been asked to speak to students from schools and colleges, and some have been asked to present her photographs for display, including one at Cheltenham Ladies College in the city.
“This work has been inspiring for both staff and students, and recent events in Afghanistan have reminded us once again how much we still need to learn about some of the most complex areas in the world, where men and women have equal rights. Can’t be taken. Please, “said Principal Eve Jardine Young.
“By putting together a collection of his violent and powerful images, we have the potential to deepen our grip on the human and geopolitical level. Imagine using it with conversations and related discussion sessions.
Adam Dobby exhibits at John Mitchell Fine Paintings October 22, 17 Avery Row, Brook Street, London, W1K 4BF.