More of the winning formula: The book will feature images from Michael’s series of sexy and confident nude series of amputee veterans
The photographer’s previous book, Bare Strength, had a chapter on male veterans and another book released on the same day, called Exhibition, will feature five vets scattered throughout.
Michael started the project unintentionally in 2012 when he photographed 26-year-old U.S. Marine Alex Minsky, a Purple Heart recipient who lost part of his leg when his truck ran over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Alex had sustained multiple injuries in the incident – including a broken jaw and traumatic brain injury – and suffered from depression and alcoholism when he came home. But after pulling himself out of those dark times, he started bulking up again at the gym – and eventually earned the attention of Michael, who asked to photograph him.
Instead of looking grim or sad in a wheelchair, Alex posed confidently for Michael, showing off his bulging muscles and colorful tattoos in shirtless photos.
‘I wanted to approach it carefully,’ Michael told Daily Mail Online. ‘I was a fitness photographer who had an erotic edge to his images, and I wanted to shoot Alex the same way. But I didn’t want him to be in the position where he could be embarrassed.
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