Real-life soldiers from Western Sahara are made to look like toy soldiers in a photo project by Simon Brann Thorpe. Western Sahara is a long-disputed region of northwestern Africa.
The soldiers in the project are with the Polisario Front, an independence movement that has been clashing with Morocco since the mid-1970s.
Thorpe hopes his project offers a fresh perspective on how we digest images of war.
The soldiers were willing participants in the project and even helped construct the platforms they stand on.
The autumn months did not offer much reprieve from the long hours in the sweltering desert sun.
The locations Thorpe chose are all historic locations of battles between Morocco and the Polisario Front.
Thorpe worked with the troops' commander to position the men.
The elaborate production took place over five weeks.