In real life, these highly trained marksmen are capable of surviving alone in the wilderness for weeks on end. They dig little holes—or “nests,” as they call them—and hang out there for a bit before popping up and putting a bullet through someone’s skull from more than a mile away.
Artist Simon Menner was recently granted permission to spend some time with the German Army and its snipers. During the two occasions he visited, he captured the soldiers’ remarkable ability to blend into their environment, producing images that appear to be simple landscape shots until you look close enough to spot the barrel of a gun.
I’ll be honest: I couldn’t even remotely come close to finding the sniper in any of these photos. Mind-boggling.