Style for Soldiers, the inspiring charity set up by English shirtmaker Emma Willis, who provide smart, well-fitting, formal clothing to the numerous soldiers who were injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, teamed up with acclaimed war photographer Giles Duley for a photo shoot that will live long in our memory.
So much so we wanted to share with you some behind the scenes images from their ‘Art in the Aftermath’ photoshoot and show some of the wonderful things Style for Soldiers were up to in the First Option studio.
Away we go!
Giles and his team helped create such a wonderful and warm atmosphere on set
Giles’ focus and dedication to his craft was and continues to be undeniable
Emma Willis’ (pictured here) famous attention to detail was in full effect
We even had a special guest appearance from charity ambassador, David Gandy
Giles Duley in action with portrait artist Stewart Hill
Stewart Hill is a portrait painter, poet and motivational speaker. Following severe Traumatic Brain injury incurred in Afghanistan whilst commanding B Company, 2 Mercian in Helmand in 2009, Stewart rediscovered a passion for painting and it’s vital healing properties as part of his long rehabilitation.
We were lucky to have artist Martin Wade with us too
Martin Wade was medically discharged in 2015 following his diagnosis of PTSD in 2010 some three years after his return from Afghanistan. During a lengthy stay in a German Psychiatric Hospital he was encouraged to paint as part of a holistic approach to his therapy. He found a way to express creatively, things he could not express in words.
Giles is an inspirational artist among inspirational artists
Safe to say that Mr Duley captured some wonderful images of the guys, who may we say, were looking seriously sharp thanks to Emma Willis and her charity Style for Soldiers. It was an honour to have you guys in the studio. To read more about ‘Art in the Aftermath’ and/or Style for Soldiers, check out www.styleforsoldiers.com