Letters Convicts Wrote To Their Younger Selves.
In 2013, Trent Bell was shocked to find out that his friend – a husband, father of four children, and an educated professional – was sent to prison for 36 years. It haunted him to think of his friend’s decisions and loss of freedom and also of the times he could’ve turned himself around.
The pictures below are part of the Reflect project. Bell photographed inmates and fused them with letters they had written to their younger selves if they could turn back the hands of time.
“Our bad choices can contain untold loss, remorse, and regret,” the photographer explains on his website, “but the positive value of these bad choices might be immeasurable is we can face them, admit to them, learn from them and find the strength to share.”
“If you think something might be a bad idea, believe it! Don’t do it.”
“I believe in you, so many people do, you just have to believe in yourself.”
“We let drinking and drugs shatter our dreams and our potential future.”
“Never lose the person you really are because it may be too late by the time you find yourself again.”
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