In his latest gallery entitled “The Unknown Soldier,” New York-based photographer David Jay shares powerful portraits of disabled combat veterans.
Jay photographed veterans during their recovery at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC as well as in their homes across the country.
“These men and women are warriors,” Jay said. “They are the bravest, and yet most humble individuals I have ever had the honor meeting and I am forever grateful to them for their honesty and willingness to bare their scars and their story to the world.”
When asked how he felt when taking these portraits, Jay responded, “people so often say to me ‘you are brave to take these pictures, it must be very difficult for you.'”
“Although I understand that their sentiments are well meaning, they are wrong. It is only the subjects who are brave. I get to take my camera and walk away … at least physically.”
Jay said the response to his portraits of war have been “inspiring and humbling.”
“I have received thousands of emails from people around the world— people of every age, culture, religion and social standing.”
“These emails are often deeply moving, relaying to me the personal struggles they have faced in their own lives … and often, how seeing the images had catalyzed a sense of self-acceptance, dignity, self-worth, and love within them.”
Click here to see more of Jay’s photographs in “The Unknown Soldier.”
All images were republished with permission by David Jay Photography.