All images by Ian Pettigrew. Used with permission.
Photographer Ian Pettigrew, who did the Salty Girls photo project, is continuing his process of documenting people who suffer from cystic fibrosis. But this time around, he’s photographing children who have the problem; and it’s called Salty Kids. To accomplish the goals for the project, he’s looking to raise funds on IndieGoGo and only has a couple of days left. Once the money is in place, he can begin shooting in the late Spring/early Summer.
Salty Kids will document children (and some family members) as they go through the ordeal together in a studio portrait session–just like Salty Girls. The sessions will then go into a book called Families: The SaltyKids Project.. To be photographed, Ian has some guidelines on his site and they involve the family members dressing in dark colors while the affected child wears white. That way, they’re easily distinguishable. However, from what Ian has so far we probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between these and regular family portraits.
Ian has helped a lot of people so far; and even though there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis yet, he’s still trying to find a way to raise funding for research. In fact, Ian himself has Cystic Fibrosis but a very mild form of it. In emails back and forth with me, he talked about how he feels like he’s been given a moral responsibility to try to raise as much awareness about the condition as he can. Salty Kids is his way of trying to help children.