Young photographer shares how photography helps him overcome life with cystic fibrosis

by Gannon Burgett

posted Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 11:58 AM EDT


For some, photography is little more than an occasional hobby or means of income. For others, photography means far more. Rather than it being a means of making a living, photography is the act of living, itself.

One such individual who lives through photography is Jan Pirnat, a young photographer who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a young child. In the video below, created by Klemen Humar, Pirnat shares his life story, explaining how finding photography in middle school was life-changing; a discover that, for once, could take his mind off of his all-consuming illness.

Pirnat explains that finding somewhere to fit in was always a struggle as a child. It wasn’t until he picked up a camera that he could see things in a different light.

With the illness constantly threatening his health and future, Pirnat says, ‘the only constant thing about me is the camera in my hand; day in, day out.’ He later adds, ‘with the camera, I become a hunter of the light and a storyteller with no limits.’


The short film is ten minutes long – perfect for a lunch-time watch. If you’d like to keep up with the work of Pirnat, you can do so on Tumblr and Facebook. To see more short films by Klemen Humar, you can head over to Vimeo.

(via Reddit)