'My illness is unique - but so is my eye for the perfect picture'

Teenager with rare condition earns plaudits for his photography.

A teenager with an extremely rare illness is earning plaudits for his photography.

Dylan Lombard, 19, is one of only 13 people in the world known to have MDP syndrome, a metabolic disorder which prevents fatty tissue from being stored under the skin.

But that isn’t the only thing that makes him unique – he also has an eye for the perfect picture.

Dylan recently hosted his first exhibition.

“My grandpa first encouraged me to take photos,” Dylan told STV News.

“The reaction of people was just full of enjoyment, and people were just amazed at how I capture things in my way.”

Dylan has been taking photos around the south side of Glasgow for more than ten years.

Dylan Lombard via

He said growing up with a visible disability had been tough – but taking photos has built his confidence and made him feel safe.

He goes out every day and has become well-known in the area, regularly being stopped by people who recognise him.

“The genre is street photography,” Dylan said. “I mainly go out and capture every-day life. And I try and capture moments that are happening.

Dylan taking pictures of Queen's Park pond on the south side of Glasgow.

“I also try and show my feelings in my photos. I try and show how I’m feeling in that time.

“I really want to capture that moment because that moment never happens again.”

One of Dylan's most famous photos of a couple in Queen's Park.
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