This captivating photo series shows premature babies all grown up

By Litaletu Zidepa
23 May 2016

The journey from infancy to adulthood is an incredible thing, but it’s often a miraculous occurrence for little ones born prematurely.

The journey from infancy to adulthood is an incredible thing, but it’s often a miraculous occurrence for little ones born prematurely. 

Canadian photographer Red Méthot’s intimate series tells the stories of people who were born pre-term.

The powerful contrasting portraits show his now-grown, strong, healthy subjects holding framed black-and-white photos of themselves soon after birth.

Méthot, from Canada, was inspired to create “Les Premas”  (The Premature Babies) by his own children.

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“Before my children were born, I pretty much knew nothing about premature birth,” the father-of-two ABC.

“So I decided to do a photo project to that would help make people known more about this topic. I was looking for a way to show how premature babies are great fighters.”

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The project was a very personal one for the Quebec-based photographer, as his two children were also born prematurely.

"My son was born at 29 weeks and my daughter at 33 weeks," he explained.

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"These are the kind of pictures I would like to have seen when my first child was born – they've been through that, and they are great now."

The photos have captured many hearts on his Les Premas Facebook page, which has garnered over 7 000 likes.

Noah

The heart of the photo series is Noah, a toddler holding up a frame of him and twin sister Victoria, who sadly died when she was just one month old.

Sharing his story, Méthot said the intention was to give parents of babies born prematurely hope.

"I am very happy that people are talking about prematurity and the pictures could be seen by people who are living this right now.

"There could be people who have a tiny kid at the hospital at the moment and I hope this can help them."

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Sources: BoredPandaMailOnline, Ufunk.net, ABC

Photos: Facebook

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