A set of photos I recently saw on My Modern Met made me feel grateful for two things: my health and that of my family, and that there exist people who just do good for others.
Matej Peljhan is a Slovenian photographer who suffered severe injuries at the age of 10 — including the loss of his right arm and an eye — as he was playing with friends near some explosive devices leftover from World War II. He underwent painful medical treatment and rehabilitation, and ultimately went into the field of clinical psychology and now works with children with special needs.
Peljhan took up conceptual photography seriously in 2009 and he says he tries to capture “simple, everyday moments or original motives, full of contrasts, offering a palette of elementary, easy readable symbols that are telling stories and encourage people to start thinking in another way.” One of his goals with his work is to bring “photography as close as possible to the people with special needs.”
One of those people is 12-year-old Luka, a boy with muscular dystrophy. Peljhan shot a series of photos with Luka called “Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)”, which allow Luka to see through photos what he was only previously able to see in his dreams — things like him skateboarding and swimming — because his increasingly weak muscles require him to be helped in nearly all of even the most basic activities.
The result is an imaginative set of photos that will likely make you grateful for the simple things you can do in life, and that people like Peljhan can help Luka live out some of his dreams even while he’s awake.
Take a look:
All photos used with permission from Matej Pelihan
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