I saw Thain's work a few years back at an exhibition in London. His work was among many other great photographers hanging up on the gallery walls. The difference was that Alastair Thain's work stood out far more than the rest. Three extremely tall portraits of Marines after a basic training session against a black background. When looking at these soldiers you can see that they went through blood, sweat and tears to be where they are and thanks to Alastair's home made large format camera he has captured the detail of the sweat and pain of the Marines superbly.
His work is amazing and if you ever get chance to go and see his work in a gallery I suggest you do as they are jaw dropping.