This Wonderful Photographer Gave a Boy Suffering with Muscular Dystrophy a Chance to Live Out His Dreams

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Here's something that'll warm your heart in a week that needs more heartwarming stories: Photographer Matej Peljhan photographed a boy named Luka who suffers from muscular dystrophy doing things he dreams about doing but his body won't allow him to. Like playing basketball or skateboarding or diving. It's beautiful.

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Matej Peljhan's photo series of Luka is called "The Little Prince" and it's created by transforming the ground into an imaginative playground for Luka. Luka acts out the motions while lying on the ground and Peljhan captures him in action to create an awesome picture.

The photo series serves as a reminder of the debilitating nature of muscular dystrophy but should also help us remember how precious life is and to appreciate what we have. If Luka can, we all can. See more pictures by Peljhan here. [Matej Peljhan via Design Taxi]

Illustration for article titled This Wonderful Photographer Gave a Boy Suffering with Muscular Dystrophy a Chance to Live Out His Dreams
Illustration for article titled This Wonderful Photographer Gave a Boy Suffering with Muscular Dystrophy a Chance to Live Out His Dreams
Illustration for article titled This Wonderful Photographer Gave a Boy Suffering with Muscular Dystrophy a Chance to Live Out His Dreams

DISCUSSION

DBerk
DBerk

This seems to be the kind of things that disability rights advocates seek to critique. Having this kids "dream" shoot be a collection of things non-disabled kids can do anytime (besides maybe swimming in a T-shirt) just reinforces the idea that he is inferior and missing out on life. Instead, shouldn't we try to praise his unique life experience, without holding it up to some standard created by those outside of it? How come his dream can't be to go to the moon like a non-disabled kid? I'm not trolling or trying to be controversial; I've just read a lot of lit by disabled writers who would sigh heavily atthe sight of something like this. This is purely for non-disabled majority speculation and, though the photographers intentions may have been good, its exploitative.