According to The March of Dimes foundation, about one in every ten babies in the U.S. is born prematurely. A preemie is defined as a baby who is born earlier than 37 weeks. These little guys can come into the world with a low birth weight and a myriad of health problems. Some can even land in the NICU during their first hours of life (like the babes in this photo series). As scary as those statistics seem, a new portrait series shows that there is hope for early babies.

Red Methot is an artist from Quebec who decided to show that being born prematurely doesn鈥檛 automatically equal a grim life. He took photographs of children and adults holding pictures of themselves as preemies for a series called 鈥淟es Premas.鈥 These photos show a stark contrast between the teeny babies of the past and the strong, happy people of the present.

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Red says that the goal of this project is to showcase 鈥減ortraits of people born prematurely that have sometimes had a difficult journey at the beginning of life.鈥 He hopes that by looking at these before and after images you can 鈥渟ee what they have become鈥 and find inspiration from it. View more of Red鈥檚 amazing work here.

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(Photos courtesy of Red Methot)