Since summer , Jeffrey Rease, a graphic designer and photographer from Birmingham, Alabama, has taken captivating portraits of dozens of World War II veterans as part of his photo series, "Portraits of Honor. He started the project to combine his passion for portraiture with his interest in military history. He was inspired by a friend and fellow photographer based in England, who takes similar portraits of British veterans. Rease said he finds it an honor to capture the essence of those who are part of the dwindling World War II veteran population. His own family has a legacy of military service; his uncle was a World War II veteran who died in service, and his dad was a paratrooper in the Korean War.
On 70th anniversary of D-Day these nudie pics of soldiers shed new light on wartime life
28 Of The Most Powerful Pictures From World War II In The Pacific
By Ruth Styles. From the horrors of the Blitz to kamikaze attacks in the Pacific, World War II inflicted terrible suffering on troops and civilians alike. But as these photos reveal, soldiers fighting the war, whether in the Far East or Europe, did enjoy some more light-hearted moments. Hidden away in the attics of former servicemen for more than 60 years, the pictures, which show soldiers from the UK, Australia and the USA among others, shed fresh light on the friendships fostered between the men who fought. Enjoying themselves: A group of soldiers indulge in an al fresco and au naturel dip on a day off.
These are photos from family archives posted online by grandchildren of those who took part in the war: the authors of most of them remain unknown. The photographs are cruel and shocking, but they should teach us about life and how precious it is. We are all equals during our short life on this planet and all nations should embrace others and cease all conflicts. For the better future of our children, may the history never repeat itself. Don't forget to subscribe to Chill Out Point to receive your daily dose of relaxation, creativeness and inspiration.
Getting the perfect shot in wartime is not only about weapons. With over 30 countries involved in World War II and the loss of over 50 million lives, war photography captured the destruction and victories of the deadliest war in history. Just two days later, Britain and France declared war on Germany—and the world was once again at war. Photographers were there every step of the way to capture the heroic triumphs and devastating losses.