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Veterans and art. Think these two words don’t have much in common? Think again. This post is the first of a series about contemporary art projects relating to veterans. Stay tuned for more!
The Veteran Vision Project
The Veteran Vision Project is a photo essay by photographer Devin Mitchell. The photographs feature service members looking in the mirror. Sounds simple, right? The catch is that one of the images of the service member depicts them in their uniform, while in the other they are in civilian attire. Whether through a sari or a football uniform, an easel or a skateboard, or a break dancing pose, the image of the service member in civilian clothing showcases their personality quirks and hobbies.
Mitchell told Mic that he hopes these photographs help people “come away with a better understanding” of those who fight in America’s wars, and draw attention to the fact that veterans are individuals with a wide variety of interests and personalities.
Check out the Veteran Vision Project website to see the photographs.