To be certain, it was these striking images that made me want to find out more about Alex Minsky. That body had a story to tell!! And so WIJW set out to contact the man to glean what we could, and indeed it is a story worth hearing! While it is well beyond the scope here to really do it justice (there’s definitely a book in it), we thought to at least bring our readers something to pique their interest.
I dream that people will see my actions from up close or from far away, and [will be] given that extra push. – Alex Minsky
After graduating from High School in Southern California, Minsky found himself a bit lost as many a young man is at that age—and like many young men seeking values and adventure, he looked to the military, and in this particular case, that most hallowed and challenging service, the US Marine Corps. It was while stationed in Afghanistan and on a patrol in the middle of the night and in the middle of nowhere, that his truck was hit by an IED. “That one messed me up pretty bad that night,” Minsky tells us, and as it goes, he began possibly his most challenging endeavor, a long and arduous recovery.
The second and perhaps no less painful blow came when he was told that he could not rejoin his men on the battlefield. Feeling crushed and displaced, he turned to alcohol…and his drinking became so problematic that a judge told him he would be heading to jail if he did not get his act together. With effort and determination (qualities that seem to have informed Minsky from the start) he fought this addiction. Happily for all of us, he has found that a sober life was much better than he could have ever imagined!
Fast forward to today…several photographers have documented Minsky, and collectively they have been creating some powerful images—it’s Alex Minsky’s sense of perseverance that shines through in all of them, but the underlying quality of strength that Minsky embodies goes far beyond mere (not to belittle this achievement) recovery; he embodies forces of truly Heroic proportion.There is no doubt in my mind that his star is well on the rise. He has stepped up and is proud to share his authentic self with the world….”I dream that people will see my actions from up close or from far away, and [will be] given that extra push.”
This young man gave up so much in service to this country and now continues to inspire and be a light to the world. Follow his journey on Facebook and Instagram.