Popular idea: Michael launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish his latest collection of photos and met his goal in two days
Michael said that he believes that the reason people have responded so positively to the photos is because they focus less on the lost limbs and more on the person’s attractiveness.
‘I think people notice that they are looking at a beautiful man or woman first, and then they notice that they are amputees,’ he said. ‘I think they don’t notice the amputation right away.’
Of course, as nice as they are to look at, these pictures also go deeper than the average sexy calendar shots.
‘You see veterans either in a coffin or coming back able-bodies,’ Michael said. ‘These kinds of intimate photos show an aspect of vet life that people have not been exposed to. It’s a visible reminder of the price that the country has paid.’
Taking it off: Michael photographs the veterans with and without their prosthetic limbs – and with and without clothing
Calendar models:Bare Strength (2016)
is also available as a calendar for the 2016 year and can be purchased on Amazon