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Photographer Empowers Sick and Disabled Children by Transforming Them into Superheroes

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Digital artist and professional photographer Josh Rossi has a knack for making kids' wildest dreams come true. In the past, he used his skills to magically turn his young daughter into Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast‘s Belle. Now, inspired by these past projects and hoping to delight a new group of children, Rossi has undertaken a new “super passion project”: transforming hospitalized children into superheroes.

In his Kid Super Heroes series, Rossi reimagines children under the age of 8 with illnesses and disabilities as Justice League characters. Inspired by movie posters, each piece prominently showcases a child as they boldly stand before a dramatic, digitally-rendered Justice League logo. Though the backdrop is artificial, the pint-sized protagonists are entirely real, as they strike their best superhero poses and don custom-made costumes inspired by those worn in the upcoming film.

After completing the inspiring shoots, Rossi presented poster-sized prints of the photographs to the children. Needless to say, the empowering images lifted their spirits and showed them just how brave and strong they truly are. “The whole idea was to take the things that are weaknesses for the kids such as cancer and other diseases and turn them into strengths,” Rossi tells PetaPixel. “It was amazing seeing the excitement on their faces.”

See the inspiring photographs—as well as the children's heartwarming reactions—below.

For his latest passion project, digital artist and photographer Josh Rossi has transformed sick children into brave and bold superhero kids.

Teagan Pettit as Superman

Teagan has hypoplastic left heart syndrome.

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Sofie Loftus, 3, as Wonder Woman

Sofie is battling embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

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Zaiden Stolrow, 7, as The Flash

Zaiden suffers from severe ADHD.

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Simon Fullmer, 5, as Batman

Simon is fighting a rare form of nerve cancer called neuroblastoma.

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Mataese Manuma, 2, as Aquaman

Mataese is battling acute megakaryoblastic leukemia.

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Kayden Kinckle, 5, as Cyborg

Kayden was born with omphalocele and has had both of his legs amputated.

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h/t: [PetaPixel]

My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Josh Rossi.

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