Designer and photo editing master Stephen Crowley is making parents sit on the edge of their seats by editing pictures to look like his daughter Hannah is in dangerous situations. All for a good cause. From climbing shelves and sticking her head out the window to being buried in sand and finding herself in high places, the young kid is the star of her dad’s hilarious photo manipulations.
35-year-old Stephen, who lives in Dublin, told Bored Panda that he thought it would be fun to make his family a bit worried by putting someone as delicate as his daughter in precarious situations in funny photos. According to him, most of the reactions he’s gotten from people have been positive. But some people didn’t get the joke and even said that Stephen “should be shot” for raising kids like that. Scroll down for our full interview with Stephen. And be sure to check out Bored Panda's previous post about his digital art right here.
Stephen wants to encourage people to become bone marrow donors because his daughter had to get a bone marrow transplant. It’s a cause that he feels very strongly about. If you’d like to become a bone marrow donor and save lives, you can follow these links here (US), here (UK), and here (Ireland).
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The star of Stephen’s photos, his daughter Hannah, is now 4 years old. “She had a very rare immune disorder called HLH and spent 6 months of her first year in hospital, receiving chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, which is the only possible cure.”
“Of 27 million worldwide donors, 3 were deemed suitable, and an anonymous German lady donated,” Stephen told Bored Panda about the challenges that his family faced.
“Because we missed out on so much normal stuff of the first year, we take tons of photos now that we're able to do normal things out of isolation. She is doing much better now, in and out of hospital, but she's lots of fun, always smiling, and has a great sense of humor given what she's been through so far.”
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According to Stephen, there are two groups of people when it comes to his photoshopped pictures. “Those who realize it is a joke and find them funny. Then there are those who think I’m doing it for real to get attention. Either way, they get attention and get people talking, raising awareness of bone marrow donation.”
The Photoshop master revealed to us that each image takes about 2 to 3 hours to finish, including taking the photos and editing them. “New ideas are hard, and as she’s a little older now than when I did the original ones, some of the scenarios are not as dangerous,” Stephen said.