The story of 20 children born or living with illness or health conditions is being told by Toronto photographer and artist Shawn Van Daele, by transforming their drawings into magical photographs.
The idea is very simple – take drawings done by young children who live with a health condition and turn them into photographs, using themselves, their families, their dog – whatever happens to be in their drawing – it could be Superman, an 84 legged octopus flying in the sky or a field of rainbow coloured sunflowers. The magic is in taking their imagination and turning it into reality, supporting the belief that anything is possible.
The Drawing Hope Project is currently accepting submissions from children and families at www.DrawingHope.ca and is raising funds for the production of the book itself through a campaign at Indiegogo with multiple levels of project sponsorship (with perks!) depending on your contribution.
Self-expression is important in dealing with any condition, especially life-threatening diseases. Art gives children and adolescents the opportunity to express powerful emotions. Children can often say more in pictures than they are able to put into words. The process of making art helps children talk about their feelings.
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