Several inmates of Maine State Prison were asked to write down letters to their younger selves by photographer Trent Bell.
The notes were later merged with the large-scale portraits of the prisoners for a photo project called “REFLECT”.
The resulting images were truly heart-breaking and gut-wrenching.
Trent Bell, an architectural photographer, came up with the idea after his friend – an educated professional, a husband and a father of four children – was sentenced to 36 years in prison.
The incident made Bell reflect on how people make mistakes that can impact the rest of their lives.
One of the convicts, Brandon, starts his letter saying: 'I write now in order to caution you of what may lay on the road ahead.’
'Our journey has been tough, it has been filled with pain tears and heartache; I made a lot of mistakes.'
You can view more images from Bell’s project in on his official website.