When a photographer learned that his baby son had Down Syndrome, he felt the condition could limit him, so he set out to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Utah photographer Alan Lawrence tells ABC that now, 18 months after his son Wil’s birth, he “brings a light to our family”. Alan admits that he once believed having a child with Down Syndrome would place limits on what he and his family could achieve.
However, Alan says, Wil has actually taken the limits off and “opened so many doors” for his family. To thank his son for that, the father of five has in return taken the limits off the child and given him a unique ability… The ability to fly.
1. A Utah photographer, Alan Lawrence (left), created a photo series in which his 18-month-old son, Wil (right), who has Down Syndrome appears to be flying.
2. Here, Wil examines his brother’s hair using a wooden spoon.
3. Here, Wil flies away leaving his father behind.
Alan has created a photo series titled Wil Can Fly, in which the boy appears to be flying in various scenes.
The photographer, who started taking the images when Wil was just months old, has created the illusion by holding his son up in the air and later cropping himself out of the images.
Having received positive feedback, Alan decided to compile the pictures in a calendar and plans to donate half the proceeds to two Down Syndrome foundations, according to KSL. The family have also recently launched a Kickstarter campaign.
4. Wil checks himself out in the mirror first thing in the morning.
5. Here, Wil hovers over his high-chair as his mother feeds him.
6. Wil flies through the forest.
Alan told ABC:
When Wil was little, he would lie on his stomach and raise his arms and legs like he was flying. It wasn’t something any of my other kids did. We all said, “Look, he’s flying!”
The father added that his goal is to raise awareness about Down Syndrome. Alan wrote in his blog that he and his wife Nikki knew very little about the condition before Wil was born in October 2013.
He said he hopes to photograph Wil “flying” in other destinations to raise more awareness about the disorder. He explained that he hopes to help people in poorer countries, who do not have access to the same level of care his son does, through his YouTube channel where he posts therapy tutorials.
7. Here, Wil flies over chickens.
8. Here, Wil appears to kiss a bubble as he floats in the air.
9. Here, Wil flies in the air above a field.
10. Here, Wil soars above a grassy field with mountains in the distance.
11. Here, Wil comes face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
12. Here, Wil floats above his mother’s cart in the cereal aisle at a grocery store.
13. Here, Wil floats above his sister’s head as she reads “Peter Pan”.
14. Here, Wil floats above the other kids on their bikes.
15. Here, Wil flies in a forest as sunlight breaks through the trees.
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