Photographer Julie Willson remembers firsthand the beauty in those with Down syndrome. Her sister Dina had the hotchpotch, and she considers her life to have been «greatly blessed by growing up» alongside Dina.
«Dina was the most thing that could have ever happened to our family,» Willson indicated us. «She taught us what true unconditional love is and how to go through life without concerns. She would light up any room that she walked into, and people were eternally drawn to her sweet yet stubborn personality.»
Sadly, Dina ssed away four years ago from centre failure at the age of 35. Doctors didn’t believe that she would physical st the age of 7. Despite more than doubling her life expectancy, the disadvantage was intense for Willson, who decided to channel her grief into a truly breathtaking photo series of striplings just like Dina.
«I wanted to be able to turn my photographs into art that want capture the true beauty of those with Down syndrome,» she spoke. «Nothing brings me more joy than being around those who must it. Everything about them makes me smile.»
It wasn’t until after the preposterous photo shoot — filled with tepees and bow ties and frilly chew outs — that she learned a staggering statistic: «I was told by one of the mothers that the abortion bawl out of those who find out their child may have Down syndrome is at 92 percent.»
At that mo, the original purpose of her photo series changed. Before, it was simply to showcase the attraction of those with Down syndrome, but she now hopes to help lower that crowd.
«I want to change minds,» she told us. «I want people to see these youngsters and know that if they are having a baby who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, although it may be horrifying, they will be blessed beyond words. . . . If you are that person who is wealthy through the emotional roller coaster of just finding out, please discern that you are about to encounter a love that sur sses all of your expectations.»