In pictures: Bedspaces in AfghanistanPublished30 January 2013SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingimage copyrightEd goldimage captionEd 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.image copyrightEd goldimage caption"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.image copyrightEd goldimage caption"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.image copyrightEd goldimage captionGold 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."image copyrightEd Goldimage caption"Their 'cots' and kit are where they can rest their minds and get their energy back for the next patrol."image copyrightEd goldimage captionGold 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.image copyrightEd goldimage caption"My foremost inspiration was to photograph them to raise money for the Afghan Trust, which is a charity helping Paras," said Goldimage copyrightEd goldimage captionAlongside members of 2 Para, Gold also captured some of the Afghan Army soldiers in the various bases in which he worked.image copyrightEd goldimage captionPrior 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.image copyrightEd goldimage captionGold 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."Related Internet LinksEd GoldThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.