Military photojournalist talks about life under fire in gripping new documentary (VIDEO)


posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM EDT


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a photojournalist for the military? As a photographer for the United States Air Force, Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane does just that, documenting life in the combat zone during recent deployments to Afghanistan.

A revealing new documentary by Hannah Hill, titled "Snap Snap Snap" (below), about Crane's life and work is up on YouTube and it's definitely worth checking out. (Running time is just under 15 minutes.) Crane, a Nikon shooter, also answered some questions about what it's like to be a photographer in a combat zone in an informal Q&A on Reddit, where the documentary was first shared.

Here's Crane's answer on how he deals with the inherent danger in the job.

"I was terrified of deploying when I signed up," he wrote on Reddit. "Now I can't get enough of it. Using statistics helps. I am actually more likely to die driving into work in the U.S., than I am in Afghanistan. Statistically. That doesn't mean it still wasn't nerve racking at times. You can't help but think about your mortality when you drive by a hole in the road from an IED that blew up a truck yesterday."