Top Off Tuesday: Bare It All

Posted 10 February, 2015 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Top Off Tuesday | 10 Comments


The fabulous Kelly at Reading the Paranormal has taken over Top Off Tuesday and, hoo-boy, am I glad she did! Tuesday just wouldn’t be Tuesday without a few half-naked men floating around the blogosphere. (No, I haven’t updated my ToT photo yet. Someday. Soon.)

This one’s a bit different than my usual ToT choices because it’s a photography coffee table book.

Top Off Tuesday: Bare It AllBare Strength on November 2014
Pages: 128 pages

Bare Strength is a photo book, a modern figure study of the male form - an edgy, artistic approach to the male nude with one chapter dedicated to United States Marine Veterans who lost limbs in the Middle East wars. This is Photographer Michael Stokes' second monogram followed by the success of his first photo book, Masculinity. With a social media following of over 250,000, his images have been shared and blogged by thousands of people around the world. His photos have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The View and The Tonight Show. He is best known for his work with nude, American soldier amputees, photos that have been banned by social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

I don’t know if you all have ever heard of Michael Stokes but he’s a fantastic photographer who specializes in photo studies of the male physique. And, boy-howdy am I glad he does. He’s got a Twitter feed, Tumblr, and, unless those jackasses have censored him again, a Facebook page. What I like best about his photography is that he works with vets who’ve lost limbs, showing the beauty of their form and presenting them in a such a gorgeous way. I borrowed a couple of shots from his FB so he can explain it in his own way:

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Awesome, huh?

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