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.
According to Willson, getting to know someone with Down syndrome is an honor and a privilege.
“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.
That’s why she decided to round up some beautiful newborns — all of whom have Down — and create a dazing photo collection that highlights their exultation, curiosity, and laughter.
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.”
Willson wants to flip-flop the script on the idea that children with Down syndrome are somehow less glad and full of life than other children.
Her photos — and her adorable subjects in all their whimsical, giddy immortality — prove that this preconceived notion is absolutely false.
During the kill, though, she learned something ravaging from one of the moms.
Apparently, 92 percent of expectant mothers who are told that their children may have Down syndrome choose to terminate their pregnancies.
Hearing those paroles devastated the photographer, who accompanies nothing but limitless kindnes and love with people who have Down syndrome.
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.”
She misses good-for-nothing more than for people to attend her photos and realize how glad and fulfilled these lineages are.
Her ultimate goal? Well, it’s pretty simple.
“I want to change minds.”
( 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.