30 January 2013
Last updated at 01:13
Ed Gold spent two years photographing the soldiers of 2 Para at their base in the UK and on operational duty. Alongside his pictures of conflict, he has created a series entitled Bedspaces, which captures the Parachute Regiment soldiers in their bunks at various bases inside Afghanistan.
"I was struck by their bright colours, variation and complexity in an otherwise bland desert landscape. I like to categorise the different parts of a documentary project and Bedspaces provided a break from all the patrols outside," said Gold.
"The soldiers bed space is the only personal area they have and each is unique to that soldier's character - whether male or female," he added.
Gold said: "Soldiers are restricted to what they can carry out with them when deploying so what is present in each image is what is most important and relevant to their lives."
"Their 'cots' and kit are where they can rest their minds and get their energy back for the next patrol."
Gold found the soldiers were willing to pose for him as a way of helping those at home understand a little more about what their role involves.
"My foremost inspiration was to photograph them to raise money for the Afghan Trust, which is a charity helping Paras," said Gold
Alongside members of 2 Para, Gold also captured some of the Afghan Army soldiers in the various bases in which he worked.
Prior to his documentary work on 2 Para, Gold has worked on a number of long-term photographic projects and has published a book on the Welsh community in Patagonia.
Gold hopes to get his latest work published, saying: "We as Brits owe it to the soldiers serving in Afghanistan to publish this and give the proceeds back to them to help."