Luka Tavčar, 12, has muscular dystrophy and is totally dependent on his wheelchair. Nevertheless, late last year, he hatched an inspired plan: to be photographed walking around and getting into mischief.
He approached Matej Peljhan, an amateur photographer and a psychologist at CIRIUS rehabilitation center near Ljubljana, Slovenia, where Luka is a patient.
At first, Peljhan was perplexed. How could he depict a paralyzed boy in motion? “Luka wanted to see himself playing and having fun,” he says.
Then Peljhan had a brainstorm: Luka could lie down on a piece of fabric and, with the help of a physiotherapist, Peljhan would pose the boy as if he were jumping, coasting downhill on a skateboard, climbing stairs, and playing basketball. Then Peljhan would shoot these images from above. The photos took about a month to produce; all were shot by early this year.
Peljhan, who lost his right arm and left eye as a child, says his own disabilities motivated him to make the photographs. “I understand people with limitations,” he says.
He named the series The Little Prince after the French novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in which a boy teaches a man about trust, hope, and friendship. Luka loves the photos.
“He wants to stay positive,” says Peljhan. “Luka’s imagination helps him forgethis physical limitations. He’s fragile, but he can see the world differently.”
Photo courtesy of Matej Peljhan
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” —Everyone following you on Instagram
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.
More About Inspiring Stories
What You’re Sharing
- Orphaned on the Ocean: The Unbelievable Story of Terry Jo Duperrault
- “Pull Yourself Together!”: Rob Lowe on the Unexpected Tears of Sending His Son to College
- Romancing a Terrorist: I Posed Online as a Young Woman Interested in ISIS
- The Reunion That Took 77 Years to Happen
- The Baby Who Refused to Die: 11 Hours in Room 407