Architectural photographer Trent Bell visited Maine State Prison in August of 2013 to speak with inmates and photograph them for a series he called "REFLECT." Bell had the prisoners, some of which are serving life-long sentences, write letters to their younger selves about the decisions they made that resulted in their incarceration. The portraits of the inmates (which remind us a little of Jill Greenberg's work) feature their words on the wall behind them. The series is powerful and sad, and as Bell and his crew explain in the behind-the-scenes video below, the project was a unique one that had a very real impact on the lives of the subjects and the viewers.

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[via Buzzfeed]

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