This website is a textual and visual companion to my novel, Freedomization. The imagery can be found in the four photo galleries to the left, which show shards of the broken mirror that Iraq has become.
The slideshows are arranged to be viewed in order, beginning at the top with "Scenes of freedomization at work."
The photos are real and have not been altered in any way. They were taken all over Iraq between June 2003 and January 2004 by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
The commentary, back-stories and vignettes accompanying the photos are products of my imagination and are not to be confused with factual journalism. The identities attributed to the individuals in the photos are false and were invented for the sake of character creation.
Some characters from Freedomization play parts in the slideshows; these episodes and all others can be appreciated as reflections from the novel, glinting off the broken glass in changing light. This fictional material, like the novel itself, draws on the first six months of the occupation of Iraq, from spring to fall of 2003. I worked there as a translator and deputy NGO coordinator at that time, when freedomization blossomed in the air.
WARNING: These slideshows contain language, images and concepts that may be disturbing for all audiences. They are not intended for minors or for people who do not wish to be exposed to the obscenity of war.
User's tip: When viewing the slideshow, click on the white hyperlink in the grey band above if you wish to return to this page.
All photos and written content on this website are copyright © by Dustin Langan.