Star Wars Toy Photography Through The Lens Of A U.S. Marine

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They are faceless men wielding guns, ready to carry out their commander’s orders. Whether in this galaxy or another, the Clone troopers storm into combat, the chaos of battle exploding down, their black and white armor standing out amongst the galactic battle raging around them.

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Like a scene out of the latest Star Wars movie, U.S. Marine Matthew Callahan tells the stories of these toy soldiers in battle. As a combat correspondent, Callahan’s real job is to tell the stories of the men and women who serve in the military, but in this personal project, Galactic Warfighters, Callahan blends his love for Star Wars and his knowledge from his job to photograph sixth scale figurines, sometimes recreating the scenes he photographs in the Marine Corps.

Galactic Warfighters takes the Department of Defense Military Photographer of the Year competition! Thanks for following and believing in my sprawling photo essay, everyone! 1st place in the Illustrative category: "The Last Patrol," by Sgt. Matthew Callahan, USMC. Advanced Recon Commandos rush to cover after being ambushed by separatist forces. The troopers were conducting a security patrol outside their company forward operating base when the droid forces attacked. This image of 12-inch action figures is part of a larger photo essay telling the stories of the rank-and-file ground troops of the Star Wars universe through the lens of a combat correspondent. Conflict generally has been one of the biggest informants in the way pop culture creates stories. This photo essay, entitled "Galactic Warfighters" tethers the real and fictitious worlds more closely to each other. All elements of this image were captured in-camera. The image was converted to black and white with a contrast adjustment, sharpening and minor burning of the vignetted edges in post. (U.S. Marine Corps illustration by Sgt. Matthew Callahan/Released)

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