A few months back we covered the successful Kickstarter funding of Michael Stokes's book Bare Strength. The photographs in the book were beautifully shot set-ups of incredibly fit young men in themed settings rich in masculine texture and meaning. There was also a large section of amputee Marines. Stokes posted some of those images on Facebook to promote the campaign and was zapped by site censors even though the images stayed within guidelines. Was it the sexuality of the images? Or were they targeted because the models were amputees?
Regardless the occasion of these new images below is to herald the availability of the book on Amazon, as well as other venues — just in time for holiday gift giving!
Stokes is not only a photographer but a collector as well. See our recent article on the Taschen book by Dian Hanson called My Buddy, which uses Stokes's vast collection of vintage photos of military men, many of them nude.