He has released two previous books, but this is the latest in his series of images of men and women posing "confidently" and with an "erotic edge". Mr Stokes spoke to The Independent in September, after he was engaged in a battle with Facebook over their decision to remove two of his images from the site. He added: "He was strong, he was solid.
The idea for Always Loyala book of revealing portraits of 14 Gulf War veterans, first came to photographer Michael Stokes more than two years ago when he met amputee veteran Alex Minsky, who wanted to pursue a career in modeling. Stokes, who specializes in fitness photography — often with an erotic bent — vowed to shoot Minsky the way he would any other professional model. He wanted to avoid the sorrowful tone that sometimes accompanies amputee photos while only emphasizing the lost limb. He started capturing a few more this way.
You know you're not supposed to stare at people with disabilities. But why not? What if you accidentally see an amputee who was attractive and looked great?
Scientists only started studying BIID in the last 15 years, and all research so far has occurred exclusively in Western countries. There are, however, people living with BIID in Russia, where medical researchers have ignored the disorder entirely. When Denis whose name has been changed to protect his identity was four years old, he had a nightmare that he remembers to this day: Dressed in black leather, he saw himself kneeling before some strange woman, and she was whipping him with all her strength.
Body Integrity Identity Disorder BIID is a non-psychotic condition wherein individuals desire amputation or paralysis of one or more healthy, fully-functioning limbs predominantly the legs. Individuals with BIID have been suggested to have a mismatch between the perceived mental representation of the body and its actual physical structure, such that their desired identity matches that of a lower-limb amputee. Accordingly, studies have reported an altered central network involving body representation of the legs in BIID, but its relationship to behavior remains unclear.
It is a counterpart to apotemnophiliathe sexual interest in being an amputee. Acrotomophiles may enjoy the idea of dominating the amputee during couples play and they may also become aroused with the thought of having to take care of an amputee. In a survey of acrotomophiles, leg amputations were preferred over arm amputations, amputations of a single limb over double amputations, and amputations that left a stump over amputations that left no stump.