ALWAYS LOYAL VETERANS’ CALENDAR 2017
The year 2016 is over and 2017 is here to stay. Did you buy your calendar already?. Somewhere to write down the next party, your sexy date or gaycation or just your new fitness schedule!!! PINK IN OUR LIVES will show each day in January a new calendar that you could use at home to hang in your room, toilet or bathroom. Most of them give their proceeds to a good cause, so your family won’t think you are just a horny little devil. Maybe that’s why you should have more than one new calendar hanging around.
Michael Stokes, a photographer from Berkeley, California, has a new calendar and a book of his work coming out soon. It is called “Always Loyal,” features semi-nude and nude photos of amputee veterans of the U.S. military. This means wounded Veterans bare all for the lens of his camera. The hardcover photo book will be approximately 80-96 pages and will consist of both color and black and white images. Each veteran has a bio page and details related to his or her injuries.
The goal of fitness photographer Stokes, who inspired by a shoot with veteran and amputee Alex Minsky, wanted to put a different spin on how wounded veterans were depicted. The result is pure art.
Michael Stokes is now a Los Angeles-based photographer. He graduated first in his class and Phi Beta Kappa with a Fine Art degree through the film department at California State University, Long Beach. Before changing his career path to film making, he was a photography major, learning pre-digital photographic techniques and using darkrooms and silver gelatin film. In film school, he wrote and directed a short film, “Alien”, that screened in film festivals around the world.
Michael’s first coffee table book, Masculinity (2012), was a glamour-styled, photographic male figure study book. In the same style as his first came his second book, Bare Strength (2014). It featured a chapter on wounded veterans of war, specifically amputees. From the sales of this book, he has donated $10,000 to the Semper Fi Fund, a charity that benefits veterans of war and their families.
Michael’s photos of wounded veterans have been shared around the world and have been featured on television: Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, The View, and The Talk. They have been featured in several major newspapers and online periodicals around the world, including: The Independent UK, The Mirror UK, The Drudge Report, The Huffington Post, The Huffington Post (French Edition), Cosmopolitan, People magazine, BuzzFeed, and Vanity Fair Italy, just to mention a few.
Michael’s fashion and fitness photographs have been featured on America’s Next Top Model, have twice been the cover for Men’s Health Italy, and are used for more than twenty-five novel covers. Michael has also made personal appearances on television’s The Insider and Inside Edition.
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Lesley Middleton, owner of PINK IN OUR LIVES