DAVID NICOLSON, AFGHANISTAN VETERAN, BY BOB MCKENDRY.

2019, digital print.

Tattoos are often a way to remember. David Nicolson, a former trooper with the Australian Army, was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011, where he served and was wounded by an improvised explosive device strike. His tattoos are a tribute to his painful and joyful experiences. The Soldiers’ Cross and the Ace of Spades tattoos speak of loss and luck, while the words “Mirabad Valley” mark where much of his service happened. The Australian War Memorial is photographing tattoos of current and former Defence Force members.

You can see these works, and the rest of the national collection, in Canberra.