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Rehersals with Motxila 21, Pamplona

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PHOTOGRAPHY “MOTXILA 21” -PAMPLONA

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.

 

FOTOGRAFIAMOS A “MOTXILA 21”

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.

  • MILA BARRICARTE Y DANIEL MUÑOZ Alumnos del colegio E.E. EL MOLINO
  • 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.
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[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.

Night for All to Shine

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Everyone was a celebrity at a Night to Shine this past Friday, February 10th at The Staaten in West New Brighton.  The annual dinner hosted by the Tim Tebow Foundation is a festive prom-like atmosphere were people with special needs celebrate Valentine’s Day in style. The fete was posted locally by Calvary Chapel of Port Richmond. Life-Wire News Service’s own Eric Schwacke was on hand to capture the evening in photography.

 

Our Goals for 2017

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The Life-Wire News Crew is setting their sights on the new year with fresh goals and aspirations.

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“I want to teach people French, singing in French. And I want to learn to cook pasta.” -Sunnurha Vertus
Photo by Harry Rodriguez for Life-Wire News Service.

 

difato-by-kefalinos-1-13-17“I want to write my own mysteries.” -Anthony DiFato.
Photo by Anthony Kefalinos for Life-Wire News Service.

 

anthony-k-by-a-difato“I’d like to go to Coney Island during the summertime and take pictures of people on the beach, or at the Aquarium.” -Anthony Kefalinos.
Photo by Anthony DiFato for Life-Wire News Service.

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“I want to cover a New York Giants game or a concert.” -Meredith Arout.
Photo by Yoni Chernok for Life-Wire News Service.

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“I want to take pictures of the Army.” -Yoni Chernok.
Photo by Sannurha Vertus for Life-Wire News Service.

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“I want to improve my interview skills.” -Joseph Padalino.
Photo by Salvatore DiBenedetto for Life-Wire News Service.

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“I want to write poetry about people I know.” -Salvatore DiBenedetto.
Photo by Joseph Padalino for Life-Wire News Service.

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“I want to learn how to fix a computer.” -Gregory Perosi.
Photo by Joseph Trischitti for Life-Wire News Service.

dolores-by-j-jones-1-4-2017“I want to be healthy.” -Dolores Palermo.
Photo by Joseph Jones for Life-Wire News Service.

Top 10 Life-Wire News Service Stories of 2016

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Life-Wire News Service had a spectacular first full year.  Here are our most popular stories of 2016.

1- Koko Gets Her PBS Close-Up

 Our crew reviewed the PBS/BBC documentary Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks.  Koko lives at the Gorilla Foundation with Penny Patterson, who taught her sign language. -Anthony Pabon

2- Living with Down Syndrome: Eric Schwake

Eric’s video helps people understand what it is like to live with Down Syndrome. We are all the same inside.  -Joseph Padalino

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Eric Schwacke. Photo: Sam Villalobos for Life-Wire News Service.

3- Inclusion in Fashion II: FTL Moda Runway Show

People with disabilities can do anything, even in fashion.  I photographed model Madeline Stewart – she is so sweet. Because I’m short, the other photographers let me move to the front row. At the runway show, I stayed in one spot right in front and didn’t move.  I also met model Shaholly Ayers and singer Meredith O’Connor – I loved the dress she was wearing. -Meredith Arout, photographer.

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Meredith O’Connor

4- Hamilton’s America Shines on PBS

History comes alive in Great Performances’ Hamilton’s America on PBS. You get to see all the actors and actresses put their heart into it in behind-the-scenes interviews. We reviewed the documentary, and our colleagues Larry Oliveri and Meredith Arout covered the premiere. Check out their interviews with star of the show. Lin Manuel-Miranda, Ron Chernow and many others. -Salvatore DiBenedetto, reviewer.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda. Photo: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

5- 59th New York Emmy® Awards

I remember how tired I was and how my feet hurt.  It was different.  I never thought I’d cover the Emmys, but I did it. Please check out my photos. -Meredith Arout

She did a magnificent job. I hope to work closely with Meredith in the near future. -Joseph Padalino

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6- Mandela Future Leaders Visit Staten Island

It was an experience for me. I got to interview people from all over Africa and I enjoyed it. -Anthony Kefalinos

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The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Photo: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

7- Willowbrook Mile Ribbon Cutting

It got really bad when I lived at Willowbrook.  I hope it never comes back. Geraldo’s interview tells us how things are better now.  Never again. -Anthony Buscarello

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Photo: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

8- Sen. Lanza Responds to SIDDC Rally

I think this video inspires everyone to help people with disabilities find housing. Don’t give up the fight. Watch this video and learn hat you can do. -Joseph Padalino

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Andrew Lanza. Photo: Meredith Arout for Life-Wire News Service.

9- Holy Week Procession in Ferrol, Spain

This is a Catholic parade for Good Friday in Ferrol, Spain. I found it interesting and some people find it unfamiliar.

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10- S.I. MakerSpace: Making Dreams

MakerSpace is an interesting place to work.  They have tools and machines you can use to build all kinds of interesting things.  When I was there, I met a guy making a replica of rhythmicon, an instrument that only two exist in the world.  -Anthony DiFato

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Scott Van Campen (left) with Eric Schwake. Photo: Aeneas Jenkins for Life-Wire News Service.

Autumn Views at Wolfe’s Pond Park

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The Life-Wire News Service crew found fall photo opportunities everywhere at Staten Island’s Wolfe’s Pond Park. Our photographers offered their thoughts on many of their images.

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.