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Photographer Challenges Daughter with Down Syndrome to a ‘Photo Duel’

By Hanssie on January 27th 2016

Two years ago, we featured the stunning work of Polish economist and photographer Sebastian Luczywo (see this article). Sebastian found inspiration in his family and pets, and his images reflected as such. As with most creatives, Luczywo began to feel like he was a bit in a rut with his work. He was looking for a new perspective, a fresh way to look at the world.

That was around the time his teenage daughter, Kaja, came home from a school trip. Kaja, who has Down’s Syndrome, had taken a digital camera with her and Luczywo was surprised to find that she had only taken a total of five images the entire trip. “I was astonished by the respect with which my daughter approached the art of photography…Each of [the] frames was deliberate and showed something that was specific and important for Kaja.” he explained.

Wanting to see more of the world through Kaja’s eyes, Luczywo challenged her to a photography “duel.” For four months, father and daughter would pick a site, choose a subject together and Kaja would photograph it first (so she would not be influenced by her father’s shot). Both set their cameras to Auto and over five sessions, these are some of the images they captured.





Luczywo says that this project helped give him the new perspective he needed. ‘Now, every day and every time I’m about to take a picture, I first think how Kaja would look at it, from which perspective,’ he says. ‘I am learning anew from my daughter with Down’s Syndrome.’

You can see more of Sebastian Luczywo’s images on his 500px page and more of the images from the duel at Daily Mail here.









CREDITS: Photographs by Sebastian Luczywo have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Tanya Goodall Smith

    I love this.

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  2. Pye Jirsa

    Such a fantastic idea and great article find Hanssie!

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  3. Daniel Thullen

    Inspiring article Hanssie. I’m with Colin. I like the photo duel idea,

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    • Hanssie

      Me too! I may try it with my daughter. She wants to be a photographer.

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  4. Andy & Amii Kauth

    Good stuff here! Love it!

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  5. Karthik Thorali

    Nice pics.. I like each and every one of them

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  6. Kyle Stauffer

    Love this article!

    I hadn’t spent a lot of time with someone with down syndrome before this past fall. I took photo’s at a therapeutic horse riding organization called “Rising Hope”and this lovely young lady with down syndrome was there. I can honestly say It was one of the best times taking pictures i’ve ever gad. She had us all laughing from start to finish! Wish more of our human subjects were that full of life and happiness!

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    • Hanssie

      Sometimes we overlook the fact that people with disabilities also have wonderful creativity and vision.

      Love the images of the girl leading the horse in the sunlight. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing :) xo

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  7. Colin Woods

    Excellent idea, a photo duel. That’s an idea I’m going to pinch.

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