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New Zealand mother creates stunning photos of girl born without left hand to prove she can live normal, everyday childhood

by | Sep 12, 2014

 

By Dave Andrusko

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Courtesy Holly Spring Photography

For award-winning photographer Holly Spring, it was not until…

It was not until daughter Violet Spring was clinging to life in an Auckland Hospital that Mrs. Spring “realised just how incredibly important her daughter’s fragile life was to her,” explained Daniel Mils for the Daily Mail/Australia.

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Courtesy Holly Spring Photography

Born with just her right hand, Violet had surgery at ten weeks. But there were complications to correct Hirschprung’s disease, a debilitating bowel condition, and Violet “went blue in the face.” Mrs. Spring lives life a day at a time, knowing the condition could flare up again.

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Courtesy Holly Spring Photography

After that “close call,” she decided two things. To have “decent quality memories,” if something tragic should happen, and to show through her work “that the person she describes as her ‘muse’ and her ‘heart’ was capable of living a normal, everyday childhood.”

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Courtesy Holly Spring Photography

As you examine the photos attached to this post, it is easy to see why Mrs. Spring was awarded the 2014 New Zealand Portrait Creative Photographer of the Year for the 10 images she submitted of Violet. Her astonishing creativity is evident in every pose. (Everyone’s favorite seems to be Violet and the giraffe. Personally, I’m partial to Violet and her “companion” in the boat.)

Courtesy Holly Spring Photography

Courtesy Holly Spring Photography

Of Violet, Mrs. Spring says, “She’s a very bright and fun-filled little girl.” Violet’s “got so much character and wonder about her and she’s extremely brave. She’s been through a lot but she really has inspired me to be a photographer.”

Mrs. Spring says her daughter loves the photos, which are mostly composites. “Spring first takes pictures of Violet, then adds unusual backgrounds that she shoots separately,” writes A. Pawlowski for Today Parents. “She loves the sea, so many of the photos feature a water theme. “

Mrs. Spring told Pawlowski that she hopes the photos inspire Violet as she grows.

Courtesy Holly Spring Photography

Courtesy Holly Spring Photography

“To me, they reached beyond her physical capabilities, beyond her age and onto a limitless future,” she said. “I see that in her every day and want to remind her of that through these portraits.”

Tip of the hat to lifenews.com