Unfortunately, Bosnian society is still very stigmatized when it comes to a theme of children with special needs and children with mental disorders. I went to a special school with an idea to show the energy and sensibility of the children and people who work with them, juxtaposed with a conditions they are dealing with. Initially, I’ve got a permit to photograph but in a few hours I was told that maybe it is not a good idea and not to do it anymore (opinion of a special school director). I was disappointed and frustrated why people are so narrow-minded and suspicious.
Dule is a ten year old boy who caught my attention from the moment he entered a training room. First thing I noticed was that great and affectioned smile. He came to ask me who am I and to tell me his name and went to play. I was petrified. I was expecting anything but this. I thought that they will be shy, closed, unreachable (and there are some kids that are very into their worlds), but that huge smile totally disarmed me.
I tried to be as much as unnoticed as I can be and leave them to do their therapy. But Dule was intrigued by my camera and I gave it to him. That huge smile he has all the time on his face became colossal. He was overwhelmed by the fact that he can capture a moment that stays forever in some strange box. With each picture he took, energy was stronger in that room. And just a few clicks after, everybody was smiling.
I would like to thank Žarko and Zorica who showed me a world that need to be showed and understood, and thank you Dule for making me smiling so sincere. I’ll be back there for sure. Somehow I’ll find a way.
6 thoughts on “DULE – a boy with a smile”
Kume,bra’o,bra’o,bra’o!Šta reći…nadam se da ćeš imati priliku za širu priču,ako isprani mozgovi dozvole.
Hvala kume. Pa… isprani mozgovi teško da će da dozvole… ali ima načina!
Drug, super ti je ovo. I ja se nadam da ćemo naći neki način da se priča zaokruži. ”Isprani mozgovi” će još malo u penziju :-). Dule i ostali te čekaju i dalje nasmijani i veseli. Čujemo se i vidimo!
Igore ovo je stvarno divno od tebe…Bio je red da neko pocne otvarati vrata zatvorenog ljudskog uma….Ja zivim u Kanadi i ovdje se takvoj djeci daje sva prilika da uspiju u zivotu i da se integrisu u drustvo…Nadam se da ce i u nasim krajevima doci do takve promjene…
Puno srece u tvome daljnjem radu….
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