Stokes said he reached out to 13 new veterans to be featured in Invictusand revisited five models he photographed for his first book, Always Loyal. Donny O'Malley, who founded a non-profit to raise awareness for PTSDsaid he wanted to channel the invisible effects of battle. He said he hopes his efforts will help reduce the rate of suicide among veterans.
By Carly Stern For Dailymail. Some wounded war veterans, above all else, just want to feel normal again. And when photographer Michael Stokes52, gets down to business, they do.
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The enormous arena was empty, save for the seesaws and the dozens of condemned criminals who sat naked upon them, hands tied behind their backs. Unfamiliar with the recently invented contraptions known as petauruathe men tested the seesaws uneasily. One criminal would push off the ground and suddenly find himself 15 feet in the air while his partner on the other side of the seesaw descended swiftly to the ground. How strange.
Photographer Michael Stokes started a Kickstarter campaign to publish his book of amputee veterans, Always Loyal. Always Loyal follows Stokes' other photography books, Masculinity and Bare Strengthas well as Exhibiton, which he also publishes this November Always Loyal, by Michael Stokes is available from November 15, buy it here.
Most stories about veterans focus on the difficult challenges many face, from unemployment and homelessness to the fact that more troops are living with severe injuries that ever before. But a new photo series focuses on their strength instead. The project began a couple of years ago, when Stokes met a young veteran who had been wounded in Afghanistan and was inspired to photograph him in a way that reflected his optimism about the future.
Photographer Michael Stokes has taken the internet by storm with his powerful, provocative photo endeavor "Always Loyal," a coffee table book featuring amputee veterans of all branches. Rather than minimize his models' wounds, Stokes boldly showcases their prosthetics or lack thereof in a series of semi-nude, erotic photographs. Most of the featured male subjects lost limbs to IED attacks, and Stokes uses powerful poses to highlight the bravery and beauty of his models — shattering the stigma that wounded warriors can only be depicted in somber, "respectful" situations.
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The idea for Always Loyala book of revealing portraits of 14 Gulf War veterans, first came to photographer Michael Stokes more than two years ago when he met amputee veteran Alex Minsky, who wanted to pursue a career in modeling. Stokes, who specializes in fitness photography — often with an erotic bent — vowed to shoot Minsky the way he would any other professional model. He wanted to avoid the sorrowful tone that sometimes accompanies amputee photos while only emphasizing the lost limb.