Photos Bring Dreams to Life for Boy with Muscular Dystrophy

Le Petit Prince is a heartwarming series by Slovenian photographer Matej Peljhan that features a sweet 12-year-old boy named Luka engaging in activities he would otherwise be incapable of taking part in due to his ongoing battle with muscular dystrophy–a degenerative disease that progressively weakens the musculoskeletal system over time. Despite the young boy's limitations in movement, which are restricted to minor finger movements to operate his electric wheelchair and slowly draw with a pen, Luka can be seen scuba diving, breakdancing, and skateboarding in Peljhan's uplifting photos.

The photographer brings Luka's dreams of “walking, exploring, and getting into mischief” to life with an artistic touch. By placing the boy on top of sheets on the ground, he creates the illusion of an upright backdrop. Additional props and costumes are used to pull it altogether. Through this process, the possibilities for Luka's adventures are endless, especially when Pelijhan gets really creative by using socks to represent a colorful school of fish and white ping pong balls as air bubbles.

Matej Peljhan website
via [PetaPixel]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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