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Powerful Photos Reveal The Real People Behind The Military Uniforms
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Powerful Photos Reveal The Real People Behind The Military Uniforms

Whether you think military officers are upstanding heroes or jack-booted thugs, few of us actually take the time to consider the real people behind those imposing uniforms. Professional photographer Devin Mitchell, however, created a touching photo series called “The Veteran Art Project” that examines real faces on the other side of the uniform.

Using Photoshop, Mitchell has created powerful images of uniformed servicemen and women whose mirrored reflections reveal who they are – and vice versa.

The military community has expressed their interest in using my photo ideas to communicate how many of them feel to be living double lives while serving in the military,” Mitchell told Mic. “People who have never served have shown interest in knowing more about the diversified aspects of what causes veterans to feel that way.

More info: devinography.com | Instagram (h/t: mic)

One photo that really speaks to me the most is the picture depicting Joshua Zitting and his husband Patrick Lehmann,” said Mitchell, who is openly gay himself. “It reminds me of how unfair it is that this man can serve while enjoying all of this constitutional rights as an American, while other men and women similar to him cannot in other parts of the country, due in part to recent decisions such as the one made by circuit judge Jeffrey Sutton. Judges like him are blind in my eyes. Maybe pictures like this will help him see better.

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AnnaMcHugh
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Look behind Marine Ivanchan - you can see his bulldog on the bed. Such a cutie.

ThereseJensen
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this also says alot about how mutch clothes says about uss!

AgneDambrauskiene
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That shows that clothes never says true about us.... If you put on heels and dress nobody will say that you are military servant.

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JudyWilliams
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love that. Particularly the gay couple and the Muslim women.

ChristinaFennell
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sad that there aren't any Coast Guardsmen in this collection. They serve and protect our country as well.

JenniferHope
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are right we are trying to get all branches but so far we having had any CG offer to do the photos. We would love to shoot everyone

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AmandaBoyd
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wish there had been some USAF women in there..my mother served and so do I.

FeoshiaDavis
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very different way of looking at things. Love it.

RossiFerraiolo
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wow, wow just stunning and so powerful. Thank you for sharing such remarkable images.

LorenHutchison
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love the little girl and the parents, it speaks a lot about what a military family has to go through.

VictoriaRepke
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this! You should make a book and donate the proceeds to wounded warriors. I'd buy it :)

TaWanaStegall
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a great article and the images are just mind boggling. It really gives you something to think about. - www.tukz.com

Cornel Ursu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would like one with teachers doctors, firemen and policemen

Anna Toyna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thanks for doing this. I wish my late husband could have seen this. He's one of so many veterans that could no longer see themselves alive.

Kevin Braid
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nebraska Thunderfuck lol, TF is a type of weed, original was Alaskan Thunderfuck

Jen Glass
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All beautiful inside and out..on and off the battlefield. thank u for your service and sharing your souls.

Jen Glass
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And Jeff Bosley is beautiful :)

JenGlass
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Incredible inside and out...on and off the battlefield. thx to ALL for your service and sharing your souls.

Tiffany Dow
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you would like to support Devin's goal of reaching 10,000 pictures, consider donating/sharing here: www.gofundme.com/tcnwvap

TiffanyDow
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you want to support Devin Mitchell's project, and help him reach his goal of 10,000 pictures; check out this link www.gofundme.com/tcnwva

MehdiMousavi
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Harmless killers !!! Down with the war..

MichaelWalker
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Got really boring after the third picture.

JoseBuzani
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What's up with the facial hair while in Uniform?

LauraColleen
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Loved this series..well done. Would have loved to see some Air Force females representin!

CathyFuller
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I Luv it so many of my friends an fellow veterans! !! Momma CAT

JulieMathison-Craft
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Those are my brothers and sisters-in-arms

MilagrosRivera
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome and so true, Thank you to All!

SheiontaOuting
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

AMAZEBALLS! #HOORAH -HM3 BALTIMORE

TonyRivera
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

After 20 years of active duty service, I fully understand and appreciate these.

ReneeTuttle
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome!! Beautiful photos!!

Onemanband
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

O_O Good God Jennifer N gave me Hope and life, bhadd, fine, whatever you want to call it. Beautiful

JenniferClemons
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want to thank you all for everything that you have done for this country. Clothes don't make the person

Rachel White
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Semper fidelis. Thank you for your service. All of you.

Rune Barrett
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People are people. Would like to see a similar article with, social workers, garbagemen and so on. Why are soldiers so interesting?

MacMacgarity
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because we volunteer to do things that you are too frightened to do.

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RussRamsey
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

God bless America, and the soldiers who protect her.

Mike Canant
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very nice concept. Very good photography.

SonyaCaulfield-Goodwin
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There is a Marine that has my heart and I call him Son.

JennieSanchez
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Literally brought tears to my eyes. These photos are powerful. Thank you, creator, for sharing them with us!

ScottAllen
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fantastic! What great vision!

PedroGonzalez
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not a single Coast Guardsman. So sad.

ChelseaRodrigues
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow. Really well done. I miss my uniform and the job I did.

Cookie101
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like the rest of us, their just people getting by.

gmcallis
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

beautiful and touching work to see the person behind each soldier

MauricePage
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is a very accurate description of the people in the military.

JeremyShulke
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wish I had that kind of creativity. As a Navy Vet myself, I'm still amazed how much the uniform has changed. I wore dungarees.

ImanMalone-Dirige
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Perfect! Just wish they could've asked me to do one. I would wear my ASU's and Sterson proudly in the mirror, and the most glorious saree!❤️

BarryWalter
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No 'old vets' to bad. Otherwise great show.

Svetlana Spahiyska
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great work and brilliant idea! I'm so impressed by the different characters... Great respect to militaty !

MariahCanfield-Jones
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Show a few cosplayers, because i know several who were former military

LindaMelanie
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you to each and every one of these heroic people. Great pics.

valerieca2
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This really made me think. Love it.

valerieca2
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This really made me think. Love it.

NathanVitartas
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To Mikael Thrash photo, I am sure you got the no shaving profile but if you can shape the beard you can shave it. You look like a Jack Ass.

IyahDz
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sgt. Nick Jones Jr. simple.. on t-shirt.. :)

BertoMoreno(IBeThePapi)
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great article, but soldiers refer to the army, sailors refer to navy, airmen air force, marines marine corps. As a collective we're troops.

Vu Chi
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very impress! How the uniform could change a person.

Sherry Thornton
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Proof that you should never judge a book by it's cover!!! Awesome pics!

SherryThornton
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Proof that you should never judge a book by its cover!! Awesome pics!!

SaraPelaez
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful and inspiring collection. Thank you.

KaylaRose
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Alaska Thunder Fuck wins at life

TheresaFlores
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when do we get to see more? <3 it

KathrynWood
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really loved seeing the military moms. I am active duty with 3 kids. I always get crazy looks!! People can do both!

AuntyPina
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It was great to see who these people are in their everyday lives

MatthewLayton
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Seabee was probably told to wear her type 1s and thumbed her nose by hanging her type 3s in the background.

JenniferHope
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No I wasnt. I am at a fleet command right now BUT I love being a Bee so I hung my type 3 because I wanted to show all of me. It was all me.

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Judy Williams
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Moving. Particularly the gay couple and the Muslim women.

MikeAEl
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oooh nooooooo our murderer are real people?? i'm so amazed. please go and kill some more innocent. rotten society that's so sick :D

NefeliGeorgopoulos
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I THINK THAT PEOPLE WHO GET PAID TO KILL ARE NOT PEOPLE

DynoPascal
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8 years ago

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fuck the army

DynoPascal
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fuck the army

SigitaSilina
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8 years ago

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they all should be presented as killers in real personality

AnnaMcHugh
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Look behind Marine Ivanchan - you can see his bulldog on the bed. Such a cutie.

ThereseJensen
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this also says alot about how mutch clothes says about uss!

AgneDambrauskiene
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That shows that clothes never says true about us.... If you put on heels and dress nobody will say that you are military servant.

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JudyWilliams
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love that. Particularly the gay couple and the Muslim women.

ChristinaFennell
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sad that there aren't any Coast Guardsmen in this collection. They serve and protect our country as well.

JenniferHope
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8 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are right we are trying to get all branches but so far we having had any CG offer to do the photos. We would love to shoot everyone

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