Rehersals with Motxila 21, Pamplona

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Mila Barricarte and Daniel Muñoz told us about us their experience:

On Thursday, March 23, Mila and Daniel went to photograph Motxila 21 [a band from Pamplona that includes many musicians with Down Syndrome]. “We arrived at 7 a.m. They rehearsed in the district of La Chantrea. Roberto and María José were waiting for us. ” On entering, Daniel says he saw several soccer buddies and Mila who noticed that there were many instruments (drums, a bass drum, a drums, a bass …) and photos of the group: “it was a very cool place.” Daniel also told us: “We were a little nervous, because it was the first time we photographed people we do not know. They played several songs while we took pictures of them. ” Mila says that the camera did not work well, that it tried to shoot but it did not obtain it. Daniel did not dare to approach so many people and so many cables. “We took several photos and stayed for a while to listen as they played. In the end they took a picture of us all together. We had a great time and we would like to repeat. ”

Many thanks to the components of Motxila 21 for giving us the opportunity to photograph them and make us a gap in their calendar that we know they have very tight.

  • MILA BARRICARTE AND DANIEL MUÑOZ Students of the school E.E. El Molino,
  • Photos and text, courtesy of NWN Photo.



Mila Barricarte y Daniel Muñoz nos cuentan su experiencia:

El jueves 23 de marzo, Mila y Daniel fueron a fotografiar a Motxila 21 [una banda de Pamplona que incluye a muchos músicos con síndrome de Down].  Quedamos a las 7. Ensayaban en un local de la Chantrea. Allí nos esperaban Roberto y María José”. Al entrar, Daniel dice que vio a varios compañeros de fútbol y Mila que se fijó en que había muchos instrumentos (tambores, un bombo, una batería, un contrabajo…) y fotos del grupo: “era un sitio muy chulo”. Daniel también nos contó: “Estabamos un poco nerviosos, porque era la primera vez que fotografiábamos a personas que no conocemos. Tocaron varias canciones mientras les hacíamos fotos”. Mila cuenta que la cámara no funcionaba bien, que intentaba disparar pero no lo conseguía. Daniel no se atrevía a acercarse con tanta gente y tantos cables. “Hicimos varias fotos y nos quedamos un rato a escuchar como tocaban. Al final nos hicieron una foto a todos juntos. Lo pasamos muy bien y nos gustaría repetir”.

Muchas gracias a los componentes de Motxila 21 por darnos la oportunidad de fotografiarles y hacernos un hueco en su calendario que sabemos lo tienen muy apretado.

  • Fotos y texto, cortesía de NWN Photo.


Spanish Dance Troupe Demonstrates Inclusion

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Paco Santos of NWN Photography recently shot the dancers from the Danza Down, Compañía Elías Lafuente in a recent rehearsal. The beautiful images show the great self-esteem of the dancers.
Danza Down, Compañía Elías Lafuente is a company of dancers who have down syndrome. It shows that having an intellectual or physical disability shouldn’t prevent you from doing what you want to do.  The photos show how people feel when they dance.  We see that no matter what kind of disability you have, you can do anything you want to do. When you feel good about what you do, it makes you feel better about yourself.
Santos says of his images, “I like to see how Danza Down, Compañía Elías Lafuente works with dancers with disabilities.  It is beautiful and curious to see how professionals of different arts are engaged in this world, a world that most people do not care about.”
Please enjoy Santos’ photography and leave your comments below.  Visit Danza Down, Compañía Elías Lafuente online for more information.
-Written collaboratively by Anthony DiCostanzo, Anthony DiFato, Steven Filoramo, Joseph Jones, Gregory Perosi, and Dolores Palermo, with editing by Edward Gregory for Life-Wire News Service.
-Photos: Paco Santos, NWN Photography for Life-Wire News Service.
[Spanish translation below]
[Spanish translation by Danza Down, Compañía Elías Lafuente, Troupe]

Danza Down, Compañía Elías Lafuente, Troupe de Baile Español Demuestra Inclusión

Paco Santos de NWN Fotografía recientemente filmó a los bailarines de Danza Down Compañía  Elías Lafuente en un reciente ensayo. Las hermosas imágenes muestran la gran autoestima de los bailarines.

Danza Down Compañía Elías Lafuente es una compañía de bailarines que tienen síndrome de Down. Muestra que tener una discapacidad intelectual o física no debe impedir que usted haga lo que quiere hacer. Las fotos muestran cómo se sienten las personas cuando bailan. Vemos que no importa qué tipo de discapacidad tiene, puede hacer lo que quiera hacer. Cuando te sientes bien acerca de lo que haces, te hace sentir mejor contigo mismo.

Santos dice de sus imágenes: “Me gusta ver cómo Danza Down Compañía Elías Lafuente trabaja con bailarines con discapacidades, es hermoso y curioso ver cómo profesionales de diferentes artes se dedican a este mundo, un mundo que a la mayoría de la gente no le importa”.

Disfrute de la fotografía de Santos y deje sus comentarios a continuación. Visite Danza Down, Compañía Elías Lafuente en línea para obtener más información.

-Escrito en colaboración por Anthony DiCostanzo, Anthony DiFato, Steven Filoramo, Joseph Jones, Gregory Perosi, y Dolores Palermo, con la edición de Edward Gregory por Life-Wire News Service.
-Fotos: Paco Santos, NWN Photography por Life-Wire News Service.

Tall Ships Regatta, Spain

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Rafa Nuca, NWN Photography

Rafa dreams of going to sea like his father.  When the tall ships race came to his hometown of A Coruña, Spain, he saw a great opportunity.

“My father works at sea, and I enjoy taking photographs,” said Rafa Nuca of NWN Photography, a Spanish photo agency featuring the work of people with disabilities. [Rafa spoke via Skype in Spanish, translated by Felipe Alsonso of NWN Photography.]

The tall ships race is an annual regatta that ends this year in A Coruña. The ships sailed on July 7 from Antwerp, Belgium for Lisbon, Portugal.  Then they raced to Cadiz, Spain and finished in A Coruña on August 14.  The regatta is estimated to attract a million visitors.

Rafa joined the throngs of people visiting the ships.  The Lord Nelson (UK) was one of his favorites because it is a ship for people with and without disabilities to sail together. It would be ideal for crossing the Atlantic, something he hopes to do one day. He admired the woodwork on the Stratsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway) the schooner Atyla (Spain). Rafa was also impressed by the crowds visiting the Simon Bolivar (Venezuela).

The race sponsor, Sail Training International, teaches sailing skills to young people of various backgrounds.  They work closely with the world’s sail training tall ships, training organizations and host ports to help young people benefit from the sail training experience.

The Lord Nelson is operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust (UK), provides differently-abled people the opportunity to work together to sail specially designed tall ships. The experience helps to break down barriers and foster a more inclusive world.

– This article was written by the Life-Wire News Service staff, with specific contributions by Meredith Arout, Anthony DiFato, Steven Filoramo, Joseph Jones, Andrew Moszenberg, Dolores Palermo, Joseph Padalino, Gregory Perosi, Harry Rodriguez and with Kathryn Carse and Edward Gregory.

Photos: Rafa Nuca, NWN Photography for Life-Wire News Service.

Photographers Who “Nos” Why Not

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A beautiful video presentation featuring images by NWN Photography, our Spanish news bureau partners. “Nos, Why Not?” is an agency of photographers with intellectual disabilities working for inclusion, empowerment and visibility of people with disabilities through photography.

Collecting Seaweed on the Galician Coast

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Porto-Muiños is a company that collects and packs seaweed, for consumption and cosmetics to many countries including the United States. NWNPhoto, our news bureau in Spain, accompanied a Porto-Muiños diver to cook and collect seaweed.

According to Jose Martínez Photographer (in Spanish), “I really like the experience. To take living things in your hands is wonderful, a special feeling. I enjoyed trying seaweed. Barnacle-flavored seaweeds are my favorite. There was also one that tastes like green cucumber. I’m curious. I want to eat a meal cooked in seaweed. I would like to know how the cosmetics made with seaweed, and visit the facilities of the company.”

Photographer Carlos Martínez added (in Spanish), “I love to go to photograph seaweed. I was impressed by the waves, landscape. I thought of the danger that exists for divers and also for people who collect barnacles that were in the same area. I have not eaten seaweed because I do not like eating raw sea stuff. I liked seeing and hearing Anton (the diver). I’m curious about diving.”

On the Porto-Muñios website, there are many recipes with seaweed.

Carlos Marti’nez, NWNPhoto; Tino, Porto-Munios chef;  Ant—on, NWN Porto-Muni–os diver; and Jose Marti’nez, NWNPhoto. Barizo, Malpica (Spain).

NWNPhoto, an agency of photographers with intellectual disabilities located in various Spanish cities, partners with Life-Wire News Service by sharing photo features that capture life and culture in Spain. These photographs were taken in Barizo – Malpica (Galicia, northwest Spain) by NWNPhoto Photographers: Jose Martínez and Carlos Martínez, for Life-Wire News Service.

-This article was written by Anthony DiFato and Steven Filoramo and edited by Edward Gregory, based on text provided by NWNPhoto.


“True Smile” Brothers at JCC’s ReelAbilities Fest

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In the film, True Smile, two brothers ride a tandem bike from Spain to Morocco.  The brothers, spoke with Life-Wire News Service’s Samuel Stone at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on Manor Road, Staten Island as part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival on March 16th, 2016, hosted by Christina Tesoriero, Director of Special Needs Services for the JCC.

This introduction was written, in part, with the words of Gregory Perosi, edited by Edward Gregory.


Holy Week Procession in Ferrol, Spain

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Our Lady of Captives Procession, Holy Week 2016, Ferrol, Spain. This 400-year-old tradition is the first photo-feature by our Spanish news bureau, NWNPhoto, an agency of photographers with intellectual disabilities working for new opportunities for inclusion, creativity, fun and cultural understanding through photography.

Photographs by Dani Bellas and Robertinho Romero of NWNPhoto for Life-Wire News Service.

NWN Photography: Dani Bellas (left) and Robertinho Romero (right).