Photographer Captures A World Where Verbal Abuse Leaves Physical Scars (Warning: Graphic)

Photographer Captures A World Where Verbal Abuse Leaves Physical Scars (Warning: Graphic)

If the scars we receive from verbal abuse where as noticeable as those we suffer from physical abuse, would it be taken more seriously? That is one of the many questions raised when viewing photographer Richard Johnson’s newest photo project “Weapon Of Choice” in which a make-up artist has embedded hateful words inside violent bruises and in the form of harrowing scars.

Johnson told The Huffington Post: “I think the overall goal [of Weapon of Choice], in my view, would be to shine a light on the fact that, when we’re focusing on bullying as a society, we focus on actual physical abuse. It gets a lot of attention when a father abuses his son, daughter or wife, but I think the issue goes back deeper. Before they actually choose to put their hands on someone, there’s more verbal abuse leading up to it.”


Warning: These photographs contain violent words and imagery that you may find disturbing.


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                        You can see the entire range of photographs at: Weapon Of Choice | Hurt Words


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                        Some things in life are hard to describe, yet we can recognize them when we see them.

                        Love is one of those things.

                        True love comes in many different forms, but here are some that many of us know well.

                        True love means supporting those who can’t support themselves

                        supportive couple

                          A young man comforts his date in Times Square, New York City. Image by mbtrama

                          strong hug

                            A young man holds his significant other close to him. Image by Brad Fults

                            running help

                              A young track competitor helps one of her injured opponents over the finish line. Image from

                              feeding kitten

                                A soldier in the Korean War takes time to feed a baby kitten. Image from US Naval Insititute

                                It’s having the perfect selfie partner

                                mom and daughter selfie

                                  A mother and her daughter take a selfie together. Image by Andrew Fysh


                                    Two young girls pose for the camera. Image by Rolands Lakis


                                      A happy couple takes a picture together. Image by Kayla Heineman



                                        Two best friends take a selfie together. Image by Jason Wahido

                                        dude selfie

                                          Friends take a selfie together. Image by Glenn Scofield Williams

                                          It’s all the warm fuzzies


                                            A young man spends time with his dog on a beach. Image by Magdalena Roeseler


                                              A pet owner hugs his dog while on a day trip in San Francisco. Image by Taro the Shiba Inu

                                              It means having a friend to photobomb you


                                                A boy makes a funny face as he poses for a picture with his brother. Image by Michael Bentley

                                                old man photobomb

                                                  A man photobombs his wife while their grandson snaps a picture. Image by Frank

                                                  family photobomb

                                                    Family members photobomb their relatives’ Thanksgiving day family photo. Image by Beth Scupham

                                                    boyfriend photobomb

                                                      A friend photobombs the photographer and their friend, the woman in the foreground of this photo. Image by Lachlan Hardy

                                                      True love means being there even when life gets unbearably hard


                                                      shoulder to cry on

                                                        A family watches the Vermont National Guard depart for Afghanistan. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                        flood dog

                                                          During a monsoon in the Philippines, a boy carries his dog to safety. Image by Romeo Ranoco

                                                          A woman is rescued from flood waters by a resident standing on top of her car during heavy rain in Chalandri suburb north of Athens

                                                            A man helps a woman out of her vehicle during a flood in Chalandri, Greece. Image by John Kolesidis


                                                              A woman has lunch with her husband every day, even after he’s passed away. Image from


                                                                A woman hugs the mother of 6-year-old Noah Ponzer, who was one of the victims of the Sandy Hook shootings. Image by Spencer Platt


                                                                  An Oklahoma couple pauses while trying to salvage belongings from a family member’s home after a tornado. Image by Adrees Latif

                                                                  sister and brother

                                                                    A girl puts her arm around her little brother as they wait outside of Sandy Hook Elementary after gunshots are fired. Image by Reuters.


                                                                      A woman sits at her husband’s grave the day before their wedding anniversary. Image from NBC news

                                                                      It means taking the time for long goodbyes


                                                                        A man says goodbye to his son before deploying. Image by Official U.S. Navy Page


                                                                        national guard goodbye

                                                                          A South Carolina man says goodbye to his son before deploying for Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                          saying goodbye

                                                                            A Sergeant hugs both of his sons before being deployed to Afghanistan. Image by The National Guard

                                                                            And cherishing reunions

                                                                            husband home

                                                                              A woman hugs her husband as she sees him for the first time since his deployment to Iraq. Image by The U.S. Army

                                                                              boyfriend home

                                                                                A young  woman hugs her significant other as he returns home for Kuwait. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                mother hug

                                                                                  A mother drops to her knees as she hugs her son on her return home from the Persian Gulf. Image by The National Guard

                                                                                  True love is letting yourself feel young when they’re around

                                                                                  elderly women

                                                                                    Two friends on their smartphones. Image by Robert Neff

                                                                                    feeling young

                                                                                      A young couple getting their picture taken. Image by db Photograph

                                                                                      sprinkler dad

                                                                                        A father plays in a sprinkler with his daughter at Millennium Park in Chicago. Image by Ben Forsberg


                                                                                        subway couple

                                                                                          A young couple on a subway enjoys sharing time together, while the girlfriend’s father sneaks a photo of them. Image by Gareth Williams


                                                                                            A couple holds hands on a fall day. Image by David Amsler

                                                                                            It’s letting yourself be silly… just because they’ll enjoy it

                                                                                            silly faces

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                                                                                              vote for pedro

                                                                                                A woman’s father wears a Napoleon Dynamite t-shirt to make his daughter laugh. Image by emdot

                                                                                                True love is allowing yourself to show how you really feel

                                                                                                date night

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                                                                                                  playing violin

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                                                                                                    True love is timeless

                                                                                                    old friends

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                                                                                                      sitting around a fire

                                                                                                        A group of friends sits around a campfire eating. Image by New Old Stock

                                                                                                        elderly couple

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