~~August 11, 2015~~
IF TASTEFUL NUDITY BOTHERS YOU, DON’T GO ANY FURTHER
LA-based fitness photographer Michael Stokes is putting a different spin on how wounded veterans are depicted. He’s raising money on Kickstarter for a book called “Always Loyal” that features stunning photos of 14 U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps veterans of the Iraq War, Gulf War, and War in Afghanistan.
Stokes told The Huffington Post that an interaction about two years ago with a veteran wounded in Afghanistan inspired the idea for his new book.
“I met this veteran, Alex Minsky, and talked to him about different approaches to a portrait session,” said Stokes. “I had already studied as many amputee photos that I could find. I noticed that most of them emphasized the lost limb, and that the mood was often sorrowful. That was not the vibe I was getting from him, so I decided to simply photograph him as if he were not an amputee, photograph him exactly the same way I would any of my fitness models.”
Minsky found fame as a model, and a new passion was born for Stokes. The photographer has so far raised more than $260,000 on Kickstarter for his two books, well above the goal of $48,250. One, called “Exhibition,” features fitness models as well as veterans, while “Always Loyal” — titled after the English translation of the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” — features 14 vets.
“Some people will say to me ’Oh, this is really helpful to the veterans’ self-esteem,’ or, ’You’re making them feel like men again,’” Stokes told MTV. “
The response I have to that is that these guys have come to me very healed and ready to take the world on. I’m not giving them back their confidence. They already have it.”
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Revealing Photos Strip Off The Stereotype Of Wounded Warrior
Soon, you’ll be able to purchase a hardcover book featuring large glossy images of wounded veterans — but these aren’t your typical photos!
“If they want to be on the cover of romance novels, I can make that happen,” Stokes told The Telegraph.
In 2012, professional photographer Michael Stokes took snapshots of a US Marine who had survived a bombing in Afghanistan. The marine had lost part of his leg in the explosion, but his confidence prompted Stokes to shoot the photo in a more sensual style — focusing on the beauty of his figure rather than the amputation. Inspired by the marine, Stokes featured a chapter on wounded vets in a book he released last year called Bare Strength. Now, this year, he’s started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for two new books of photography — one of which exclusively features wounded vets.
These titillating images are not your traditional stereotype of dashing military men in full uniform and buzz cuts. The warriors in these photos are wounded, scarred, and missing limbs, but they’re incredibly fit, well-muscled, often draped with tattoos, and, well — smokin’ hot. The book features 13 men and 1 woman.
Each model had a say in how they posed, and Stokes helped them decide. This way, they had more control over how their images were marketed.
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**Disclaimer: This video shows revealing images**
~Michael Stokes’ Kickstarter Teaser Video~
~Published on Jul 2, 2015~
This is not the official video for Whitehorse’s song, Sweet Disaster, which is available on Itunes. Permission to use the music for this video has been obtained from the label. This is a teaser for my Kickstarter project, which is designed to publish two books, one featuring military veterans of war. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/…
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