Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponcomment this pageEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on Tumblrfark this page

The Star Wars saga may be set in a fictional universe but the seemingly endless war, between the Rebels and the Empire (and their clone troopers), mirrors our own world’s preoccupation with conflict.

In his series Galactic Warfighters photographer and US Marine combat correspondent Matthew Callahan brings the battles of Star Wars even closer to our own.

In the series Callahan uses Star Wars clone troopers action figures to create battle scenes which are styled like professional war photography, taking inspiration from actual photos from conflicts in Iraq and elsewhere.

“The clone troopers are a near perfect illustration of the facelessness of a military force.” Callahan told The Creators Project. “They are literally all the same person, and can be employed in battle and lost without any real consequence. This sets the stage to explore their stories through the small vignettes I create with my photographs and stories that accompany them.”

As both a Star Wars fan since he was a child and a storyteller for the military, Callahan naturally thought to combine the two. The results are striking images that give people food for thought and serve as a reminder to us all of the trials and dangers faced by the oft-forgotten military men and women involved in armed conflict around the world everyday.

“>Galactic Warfighters for me is the marriage of science fiction and the real world military,” he explains. “Two things that have been with me my whole life and well into my military career. This is my small contribution to the conversation surrounding conflict and popular culture.”

You can check out some images of the repurposed clone troopers from the series below. And head to Callahan’s Instagram and website for more.



clone troopers 01.


clone troopers 02.


clone troopers 03.


clone troopers 04.


clone troopers 05.


clone troopers 06.


clone troopers 07.


clone troopers 08.


clone troopers 09.


clone troopers 10.


Galactic Warfighters 01.


Galactic Warfighters 02.


Galactic Warfighters 03.


Galactic Warfighters 04.


Galactic Warfighters 05.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponcomment this pageEmail this to someonePin on PinterestShare on LinkedInDigg thisShare on Tumblrfark this page

If you came across a set of instruments left out on the street, would it possibly inspire you to commence some impromptu busking and free the busker…


You might think you know the correct names for everyday objects and animals. But you don’t. At least, you don’t according to Twitter account Correct Names, the…


Singapore company Vanda Electric are building the country’s first electric hypercar, called the Vanda Dendrobium after an orchid native to the country. The ambitious vehicle will make…


Was there a medieval zombie invasion, surely not. You would be forgiven for thinking that fear of the undead was a modern incarnation, but no, it seems…


Being an adult isn’t is much fun as it appears in the movies, and the funny sticky notes of illustrator Chaz Hutton (aka Insta-Chaz) really capture the…


For any keen biker i’m sure you’ve all seen plenty of ‘How To Ride A Motorcycle’ videos as you get tips and prepare to take your two…


Portuguese artist Sergio Odeith makes stunning 3D graffiti optical illusions that evoke the feeling of spatial depth by tricking the eye with clever uses of color, shadow,…


When it comes to sleeve tattoos, if you are thinking of getting inked anytime soon you should take a look at Swedish tattoo artist Niki Norberg and…


When it comes to classic sports cars, the Lamborghini Miura is one that must surely feature on every driver’s wish list. Trouble is, there probably isn’t many…


Gnarly doooood! Yes, bring out your cliched surf speak because Kuli the one-eyed surfing cat, from Honolulu in Hawaii, loves nothing more than to ride a surfboard…


The mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart (and her navigator Fred Noonan) after she disappeared along with her plane over the Pacific Ocean while trying to…


There are trippy videos and then there’s this from Tokyo-based visual art director Kouhei Nakama titled ‘Makin’ Moves which sees a bunch of people’s dance moves warp…