I think this is an inspiring and uplifting photographic essay of a young boy with muscular dystrophy, allowing him to visualize himself in situations that he would physically love to be in. I am also well aware that some may also find it distasteful.
This photo essay was complied by photographer Matej Peljhan who photographed 12 year old Luka, a sufferer of muscular dystrophy to create some really exciting and imaginative images, depicting him doing things that he unfortunately cannot physically but mentally he so wants to. The photographer spent a long time with Luka and it was during those conversations that he discovered how Luka would like to visualise himself, getting up to mischief, tricks, like many young boys.
These are not mobile images and they were created non-digitally using sheets, props, and backdrops and shooting from above as Luka posed on the ground. Luka was fully in agreement to these images being taken and his sense of humor shines throughout. I find this an inspiring project and it would be great to see other similar ones rolled out.
Photography is therapeutic in so many ways, to so many people, and this is just another way of demonstrating that.
You can read more about the photographer, Matej Pejhan on his website here.
Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website— TheAppWhisperer.com— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said.
Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London.
Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - TheAppWhispererPrintSales.com has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art.
Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK.
She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I don’t find this distasteful AT ALL… in fact, I find this little boy (and photographic essay) to be incredibly inspiring and moving! Thank you for sharing …. _/\_
What an amazing story and set of images. Thanks Joanne, very inspirational x
Thanks for publishing this. It’s wonderful Luka can look at his dreams through photography. I’m sure these will help him in years to come!
Wow how awesome is this what a great way to use photography ….don’t find this distasteful at all