Michael Stokes (52), a well-known California photographer, has put the spotlight on amputee war veterans. The series of photos show strong, confident, and sexy men.
The newly-released project began back in 2012. According to the Daily Mail the project was created unintentionally after Stokes photographed Alex Minsky, a 26-year-old marine and Purple Heart recipient. Minsky lost a portion of his leg in Afghanistan when his truck ran over a roadside bomb.
“I had one vet who was very severely injured and he had to take some time to sit on them before publishing them. He said he just wasn’t used to seeing himself like that,” Stokes said. “He was shocked by the response – people telling him how sexy he was how beautiful he was, that he’s a hero. He was genuinely shocked and surprised.”