"It was an honor to have been asked to come up with some photos for the cover of this powerful book. It hit home when I read the manuscript because, at the time, my level of some PTS(D) was at an all-time high. I cope with this stress by taking photos and running in the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountain Range here in Utah and through visiting our Nation’s many national parks. I find peace through exercise and creating images with my camera and through my perspective. I first chose to seek help with my combat related anxiety and stress because it put being with my children at risk. Although relationships with a partner have been difficult, I have found that the only relationships that I need are the relationships with my children and myself. I highly recommend seeking help for anyone suffering from any level of PTS(D). It could be as simple as outdoor therapy, exercise or talking to others. Never stop looking for hope. God Bless and I pray for everyone who suffers from the Fire Within!"
Ben Altenes’s photography started out in the Military when he was stationed in Ansbach, Germany with the U.S. Army’s 1st ID Combat Aviation Brigade as an AH-64 Armament Tech. He purchased his first camera when he first arrived to document his travels as a visual journal. Ben has deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq under his belt through his service in the military.
After his service to the military he became a helicopter crew chief/gunner for the Department of State under the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau. He has flown missions in both Central America and during the Poppy Eradication program in Afghanistan. After a few years of flying around with a mini gun and a camera, he transferred over as a private contractor protecting Diplomats throughout the Middle East for another 8 years. He currently resides in Utah where he continues supporting the War Fighter effort with a government contractor in the state.
Ben has had images on permanent exhibit in the U.S. Pentagon and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC. Images are also on Display at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, Africa and also in the U.S. Embassy’s permanent art collection in Kabul, Afghanistan.
You can find more of his works at BenAltenesPhoto.com and on social media, of course.