When Julie Willson’s sister, Dina, passed away four years ago, she lost the most important person in their own lives. Her sister, who was so full of life, educated everyone else in the family what it meant to be love and be loved — and how to do so unconditionally. She educated them what it takes to be a committed daughter, a loyal pal, and a once-in-a-lifetime sister.
Dina likewise proved to everyone she met that having Down syndrome was not a burden, but a bles that obliged her truly unique. For the above reasons, Willson, the photographer behind JuleD Photography, decided to create a collecting of photos that would not only honor her beloved Dina, but too people with Down syndrome all over the world.
“I am one of those people who has been greatly anointed by growing up with a sister who had Down syndrome, ” she writes. Willson knows for a known fact that no one will ever fetching a brighter light into their own lives than Dina did.
She writes, “I wanted to be able to turn my picture into prowes that they are able to capture the true allure of those with Down syndrome.”
Apparently, 92 percent of expectant mothers who are told that their children may have Down syndrome choose to terminate their pregnancies.
In that moment, her duty became clear: through her picture, she craves people to “see these children and are also aware that, if they are having a child who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome — although it may be unnerving — they will be sanctified beyond words.”
( via Bored Panda)
I have the sneaking suspicion that Willson has done only that. How could anyone look at these children and think, “they’re sad, ” or, “they must be miserable.” Their faces tell an entirely different legend — one of ended gaiety — and Julie Willson’s photographs are helping them share it with the world.