The US military had just left. We worked closely with the NGO Nature Iraq, which is well-connected in the district of Chibaish where I made most of the images. The marshes extend across all of southern Iraq and it was very difficult to work in areas beyond Chibaish, particularly closer to Iran and along the Glory River. In Amarah, we were detained in the police station for a full day and then escorted two hours back to Chibaish by a line of armored vehicles. The people at Nature Iraq felt responsible for my safety, so they strongly advised me to return to the NGO facility before dark. There were some areas I was not permitted to visit at all, or that I could visit, but not take pictures. In some places, we traveled with an extra security vehicle. I had done that once before in Pakistan. It makes it pretty much impossible to work. All attention is on you; you cant just slip into the scene.