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Afghan Police on Opium: The Best View of Heaven Is From Hell

This should give the iconic flower-stuffed gun imagery a new kick. After serving in Afghanistan, British Army officer Bran Symondson returned to photograph the Afghan National Police — tender moments and lots of poppies. Yes, they are all stoned on that “absolutely stunning plant” and hash.

There’s a “beautiful underside” to this war-torn country. Symondson says, “You can really understand why there was a hippie trail through the country in the 1960s: fields of flowering poppies, pomegranate trees, snow-capped mountains… When you are there it takes your breath away.” “The Best View Of Heaven Is From Hell,” Bran Symondson, Jan 28 – Fen 20, Idea Generation Gallery, London