Michael Stokes, an expressive arts photographic artist in California, adopts a daring new approach to veteran portrait photography by taking strong and physically charged photographs of certain veterans presenting attractively with their amputated body parts and prosthetics.
The project started with Alex Minsky, a U.S. Marine whose leg was amputated due to a road side bomb in Afghanistan in 2009. After Minsky set the vibe for a confident photoshoot instead of depressithe ng shoot in regards to his injury, others started to join.Stokes said “Some people will say to me ‘Oh, this is really helpful to their self-esteem,’ or, ‘You’re making them feel like men again,’” “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.”