In 2000, Guillaume Simoneau, a French-Canadian photographer, met an American girl called Caroline Annandale at a Maine Media Photography Workshop. They fell in love – but their “feverish” relationship took a strange twist when Caroline enlisted in the US Army just after September 11, and was shipped to Iraq. Left behind, Simoneau nursed feelings of heartbreak, abandonment and deep anxiety about her safety. Then, things started to fall apart, not least because of what Caroline experienced as a soldier. Later, they reconnected – and a long-distance, but no less turbulent, relationship ensued through emails, letters, text messages and photos.
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