photo ability magazine -- issue 1 january 2014
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PHOTO ABILITYThe #1 Inclusive Imagery Magazine#1
INCLUSIVE IMAGEWhat is means..
BROKEN FROM WITHIN’With model MacKenzie Clare
LA PHOTOG ROCKSThe ladies in combo
Vintage / Leather Shoot
YOUNG MAN’S JOURNEY BACKTO PRIDE AND ACCEPTANCE
TRAVEL ON WHEELSRefined ladies travel the Globe
DETERMINED ATHLETETakes on Off-Road course
EDITORIALFounded in 2012, PhotoAbility wants to continue to build a library of high quality images and edu-cate and inspire the advertising and design com-munity to use, create and communicate with In-clusive imagery. What difference is there between Photoability and other stock photography websites? We pay more commission to our photo contributors; we also pay our models a percentage as well. We act as a Model casting vehicle; we are exclusively special-ized in Inclusive imagery. PhotoAbility is based in Melbourne Australia with an office in Fort Lauderdale Florida. PhotoAbility offers creative, editorial and commer-cial stock images, both Rights Managed and Roy-alty free, as well as Illustration and videos. Our customers are advertising agencies, direct marketing and graphic design agencies, corpora-tions, publishers and media companies, small to medium- sized businesses, as well as consumers. Many agencies and businesses around the world do not have the time or resources to take their own quality photographs for their media and ad-vertising activities, whether a local press release, publication or massive advertising campaign. That is where a Stock Image Library and your photos come into play. A photo library has a large selec-tion of images to cater for a variety of situations and needs and avoids the expense and time of custom photo shoots. Increasing the positive imagery of persons with disabilities and who use mobility devices such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, guide dogs etc., will not only encourage further inclusion by increas-ing awareness that people with a disability want to participate and should be equally accommodat-ed, but will help to eliminate the fear and negative stereotyping that so often permeates all levels of society. Once people with disabilities we are represented by a true and complete reality of their lives; going on dates, enjoying activities and recreational fa-cilities with their families, on the job, on vacation, participating in sports, going shopping, enjoying a glass of wine, a good restaurant, and all the good things life has to offer, it will be understood and accepted that these people should be provided accommodations and consideration that recog-nizes how valuable their contribution really is to all these industries. How many members are currently registered with Photoability and how many of these are active contributors? We have over 100 contributors. PhotoAbility now has over 1800 RF and RM imag-es for sale.
How many images have Photoability sold since you began operation? On average how many im-ages are sold per month? Not enough J. We have a marketing plan to change that in the next year. Photographers can earn up to 45% on imag-es priced from $20 for royalty free to $2500 for a Rights managed image used in a multi-national campaign. The cost of an image is based on a pricing calculator. Our vision for PhotoAbility is to be a valuable go-to source for Inclusive imagery worldwide, to provide recognition for our models that lead to revenue and increased opportunities. Our image gallery, intends to increase awareness of the value in maintaining and making structural and attitudi-nal changes, it will encourage and sustain the par-ticipation of those with differing abilities around the world Coming soon: Travability Properties, a site that will provide a resource for the sale, rental, lease or swap of accessible properties around the world. We need to collaborate and work together. Sup-port each other and entrepreneurs with disabili-ties as much as possible. Unify as a group for the betterment of all of us. “The more I help others to succeed, the more I succeed”.
MAG DIRECTORDeborah Davis
GRAPHIC DESIGN & ARTJoaquin Blair
PHOTOABILITY.NETPhotoAbility.net represents one billion persons with dis-abilities spending billions in travel and lifestyle dollars in economies all over the world. Yet, we are rarely seen or acknowledged in advertising and editorial images. Why is a small, yet powerful and growing segment of society not being seen or represented as customers?
Increasing the positive imagery of persons with disa-bilities and who use mobility devices such as wheel-chairs, canes, walkers, guide dogs etc., will not only encourage further inclusion by increasing awareness that we want to participate and should be equally ac-commodated, but will help to eliminate the fear and negative stereotyping that so often permeates all lev-els of society.
We feel that once we are represented by a true and complete reality of our lives; going on dates, enjoying activities and recreational facilities with our families, on the job, on vacation, participating in sports, going shopping, enjoying a glass of wine, a good restaurant, and all the good things life has to offer, it will be under-stood and accepted that we should be provided ac-commodations and consideration that recognizes how valuable our contribution really is to all these industries.
We, through our image gallery, hope that by increas-ing awareness of the value in maintaining and making structural and attitudinal changes, it will encourage and sustain the participation of those with differing abilities around the world.
“Welcome my name is Aaron Paul Rogers, (I go by Paul or Aaron) I live in Hollywood California. I am a self taught and very UN-professional photographer, I own a camera and I enjoy playing with it on the weekends. I love shooting amazing, beautiful people of all shapes and size. I am here to document not judge. Here are some of them. I am part of a 14,000 sqf artist collective downtown Los Angeles.”
What is PhotoAbility?
“The wheelchair is not an obstacle”
“The real strength is within yourself. It is the force which will make your goals being real.”
PHOTOGRAPHER: Aaron Paul Rogers / MODEL: Domonic Corradin
LIFESTYLEAn Injured Son seeking New Inspiration
PHOTOGRAPHER: Debra Tope / MODEL: Casey Miller, Desarie and Emily Anderson
A boy whose life revolved around baseball, on the cusp entering his teenage years, with shaggy blond hair and a charming boyish grin, suddenly and unexpectedly enters the world that neither he, his family or his com-munity was equipped for...the world of disability and its accompanying medical equipment.
Casey was only 13 when the school called his mom as he began experiencing severe back pain. She took him directly to the ER where only a few hours later he had no movement or feeling from the chest down. Casey had what doctors refer to as a “rare spinal stroke.”
“It has been a long four years,” says Maryann, Casey’s mother. He is now 17 years old and while he has done his best to assimilate to his new reality, he and his mom still find much of his new world inaccessible. He also does not have a vehicle or van that is adapted so he can drive when he gets his driver’s license.
Maryann found PhotoAbility.net and wrote to us on be-half of her son: “I thought something like this would be exciting for Casey, as well as promote acceptance of people with disabilities and show he is just like his friends, just has to do things differently.”
We found a lovely photographer who drove hours from her home to do this shoot on Father’s Day. While most people would not have worked on this day, it was quite touching that both Maryann and Debra lost their fathers and wanted to do something meaningful on their day. So these women who never met before joined forces with a mission to create a shoot with Casey that would bring him out of his shell and show him in a light that his mother knows is hiding behind those eyes. Debra, who loves to create high fashion photography, had several styles of prom dresses and Maryann was able to find two lovely girls Casey’s age to model with him. These two girls and their family stood by Casey’s side during his time in the hospital; when he came home they remained close friends. The set was a large gazebo on the lake; because of the beauty of the multi colored ski-line with storms in the distance that gave such a beautiful and intense backdrop, at first we were sure Debra painted them in! It could not have been more stunning as the heavens gave them a very special canvas.
SKY AND SOUL
While Debra helped Casey overcome his shyness and find through this shoot a sense of pride and acceptance, Debra shared how this shoot has helped her overcome her own personal struggles as well. “Photogra-phy has become a wonderful way for me to connect with others - in return I have expe-rienced so much freedom from the isolation and depression that I had struggled with in the past. Even though I am physically well, I felt mentally trapped in many respects...I really enjoyed working with Casey and his family and friends. It’s my hope that these images can capture fond memories and show him a glimpse of the possibilities that lie within.”
We feel we’ve made two new friends in these women, Maryann and Debra, and hope you will find what they created for our library worthy of sharing, promoting, and using in your projects.Another positive thing that came from this shoot is that Casey is inspired by the shoot to do photography as a hobby and possible career. We hope to support him in this quest and that you lend your support as well.
“Although things happen you can still go ahead with our heads held high and enjoy life.”
“Casey has tried to stay active, and his mother has found adapted activities for him that he can participate in. He has played sled hockey, wheelchair basketball”
Our mission is to be agents of change; to in-spire people who have never traveled before to do so, and to inspire others to do more. To encourage all cultures of the world to see disability as an integral part of life, and to provide the motivation to create accessible environments that enable inclusion.
Travability was formed in 2007 by Bill For-rester and Deborah Davis. Early in 2007 Bill’s mainstream travel agency was asked to or-ganise a tour for a group of elite disabled sailors to attend their inaugural world cham-pionships in Toronto Canada. That regatta was a test event for the Skud 18 class as a precursor for the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008. He was so frustrated with the lack of support from the general travel industry in regards to accessible travel arrangements that later that same year, together with Deb-orah he decided to do something about it and form Travability.Initially Travability was set up as a vehicle to publish accessible travel information via its web site travability.travel. Today, Travability is a part of a worldwide group who’s mis-sion is to create equality in accessibility in the hospitality and travel industries.Our vision statement is simply “To make the world accessible to all”, and is underpinned with a philosophy that travel should be able to be enjoyed by everyone. Sometimes it represents the fulfilment of a dream held for a lifetime, other times it may be a simple day out with the family or friends. Whatever the desired experience is it should be “inclu-sive” so that people with a disability can en-joy it together with their family and friends.
We realized that often the issue with inclu-sive experiences wasn’t the availability of accessible venues, but rather the lack of information presented to enable people to make informed decisions. The information was either entirely lacking or where it did exist was lacking in the critical detail. Over the past four years Travability has been re-fining its information presentation to devel-
op a model and associated templates to capture that critical detail and present information in a concise but relevant manner.
Over the last two years Travability has become part of a small group of international Inclusive Tourism experts and advocates who have realized that the Inclusive Tourism sector is a major minority group in the Tourism Market representing over 11% of the total tourism spend. The organisa-tion has become a strong advocate for shifting the paradigm away from a disability rights issue, in favour of an economic argument, based on the value and competitive advantage to be derived from the Inclusive Tourism sector for the mainstream travel industry. The impact has been significant with Bill having been asked to speak at the SATH (Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality) world congress in 2009 in Orlando, The Inaugural Access Tourism New Zealand conference in Auckland. in October 2010, the Opening Keynote address to the SATH World Con-gress in January 2011 in Fort Lauderdale Florida, and the recent VTIC (Victorian Tourism Industry Council) quarterly forum on the Economics or Inclusive and Accessible Tourism.
TRAVELWoman of travel and TravAbility
Photo courtesy of Mark Higgon for TeamHybrid
“www.TravAbility.travel is dedicated to Inclu-sive Tourism through education, advocacy, and by providing accessibility information for the world’s best travel destinations.”
Travability is a member of SATH, ENAT (European Network for Accessible Tourism) and Tourwatch (An international incubator for the development of Inclusive Tourism)
ROCKINBehind the scenes with Photographer Aaron Paul Rogers
PHOTOGRAPHER: Aaron Paul Rogers / MODELS: Alanna Flax-Clark and Mellissa Allensworth
“Its so wonderful Deborah Davis at http://photoability.net/ a stock footage house in-troduced me to Alanna Flax-Clark. She thought we would have fun shooting togeth-er. Alanna and I had planned to hang out and do a little shopping for wardrobe and maybe to do a little test shoot if we felt up to it. Well Alanna and Melissa Allensworth were chat-ting and had not seen each other for a while and so Melissa was going to come hang out at the studio also. Small world as I had shot Melissa before at the Triumph Foundation range day with Nabil Khattar from 7 Star Tactical. Mellisa was the one with the Desert Eagle if you saw the photos. We talked a very reluc-tant Melissa into shooting with us.
Melissa only wears jeans and tees, does not own a dress and hates make up as most of you know). So we called up Annie Ulrich to work her hair and make up magic and snapped a few photos. Such a fun day just F’n around in the studio. Alanna’s super light weight ripper chair is from Mike Box Wheel-chairs.” -Aaron Paul Rogers-
“We can rock it out and have fun. We have no restric-tions.Life is a gift and we are grateful”
MATERNITYMother life in a few pictures
Photo Courtesy of Angelica Dixon
PhotoAbility believes there is a market and a need for op-portunities that will be inclusive of individuals with a disa-bility in modeling and acting roles.
Wheelchair or mobility device users or those with a no-ticeable disability, with your help, CAN demonstrate that powerful editorial, commercial, lifestyle or creative images can be created that reflect the beauty of “Inclusivity”.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Our models will work with you to give you need to make great work for your next pro-ject with as many poses and shots as you can imagine...so let’s be creative!
If you are inspired to partner with a company who repre-sents a segment of a diverse population inclusive of per-sons of all ages and abilities, PhotoABility can help you find the inspiration, present the concept to your clients, and/or find a the right model. So let’s work together! PWD’s (Per-sons With Disabilities) need to be seen and recognized for their talent, beauty, abilities and economic impact!
All we need are creative, artistic and inspired photogra-phers who are willing to hire or work with a differently abled model.
Additionally, the many movies and other television shows that include disability in their story lines is indicative that this is a new wave that is forming...so be sure to be on the ride!
Be a part of this growing and important trend to showcase individuals of all abilities in print, media and television by considering working with a talent who is willing and able to take on this challenge and forge a new path together.
“There are an esti-mated 650 million persons living with disabilities in the world today”
“Contact PhotoAbility.net with your custom image requirement, we will get the ball rolling.”
BEAUTYI believe in equality of all types. What we watch on the news, hear on the radios, read in history books proves that although we have come a long way from physically wearing the scarlet A on our chest, being cast in stone for practicing sexual freedom, being sold at birth to your future unknown husband’s family and not benefiting from the same rights as our male counterparts, such as vot-ing, protesting, working and holding political offices, we still are a long way from reaching and breaking the glass ceiling that silently weighs over our heads every single day. Being a woman in a wheelchair makes it even twice as difficult to prove our worth because we are still being judged on our looks, discarded by the first signs of im-perfections that are visible to the outside world. So how do we challenge that?
The third week after I woke up from my induced coma, still battling the effects of long term intubation, a sacral decubitus ulcer that was getting bigger by the minute, weakened lungs and complete stiffness from the long “sleeping-beauty” like sleep (all this aside from still feel-ing the shock and denial of my T4 spinal cord injury), the in-patient physical therapist assigned to my case intro-duced herself to me right before giving me a long list of the things I would no longer be able to do as a paraple-gic. These are some of the things she said:
You can no longer wear skirtsNo more tight clothingIf you do not cath on time, you can die from autonomic disreflexiaYou can no longer wear sandals because you need to beware of your toesYou can no longer go into a jacuzziYou can no longer spend long periods in the sunYou are going to need to wear diapers for the rest of your lifeBe careful when getting manis and pedisYou can’t afford to get a wound anywhere you don’t feel
Camile in RioAs she continued babbling away, all I heard was spinal cord injury = end of femininity. Sad, wasn’t it?
Before the accident that left me paralyzed, I was ob-sessed with my physical look. I ran 8-12 miles daily and grimaced at the sight of any unwelcome cellulite, extra belly skin roll, a zit or anything that strayed me away from looking like a photoshopped magazine cover model. So much time, so much effort, so much work. And then, in the blink of an eye, I was almost two hundred pounds, bald, face full of zits and I sported a really fashionable tra-cheotomy tube that kept me from speaking and breath-ing like a normal person – through the nose. I felt like an alien on Earth.
Defining Beauty (writen by Camile Flosi-Araujo)
So, this is where all these points tie in together. The ac-cident sucked; the first two years of recovery were the worst; survival precedented vanity. There was a big les-son for me in paying attention that I was and am much, much more than just what the depth of my skin shows me and the outside world that I am. I had never paid at-tention to the brilliant mind that lay dormant for a long time while I was compulsively preoccupied with the flaws and non-flaws of my physical body. I lacked confidence to keep reinventing myself according to what I was gifted with by life (yes, even the hardships were gifts). That lack of confidence allowed me to believe a young, inexperi-enced physical-therapist that along with my spinal cord injury I had also lost my sense of self. I locked myself inside the four walls of her predicament and stayed there until my free-spirited nature hit bottom in order to force me to break free from those illusionary chains. Camile snow skiingHere I am today. Paraplegic. Moth-er. Almost 40. Writer. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Writing my first novel. Student of quantum physics, metaphysics.
Photo by Lisa Clare, Model: Mackenzie Clare / Text: Camile Flosi-Araujo
FREE SPIRITSpiritual. Believer in equality. Lover of life. Confident in my abilities. And last but certainly not least, grateful to be where I am today. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty and if I knew then, what I know now, the journey would have been much smoother to say the least.
I am writing this today so that at least one woman on wheels out there who still feels out of place with her own body and new life believes that it will pass. Do not focus on the things you can no longer do. In fact that is the biggest fallacy of all. We can do everything able bod-ies can do, we just have to figure out how to do it in a way that suits us. We are still beautiful, sexy and strong – and those qualities go way beyond the depth of our skin. They are the essence of our hearts and souls. Our bodies will change in a chair. Depending on your level of injury, your belly will protrude, your legs will atrophy, your shoulders will curve inwards and you may even lose the ability to straighten out your fingers. It doesn’t mat-ter. What we were left with is much more powerful than what I described above. We can still think and we can still love. The fact that we ended up in a wheelchair is an opportunity for us to discover what else is special about us. It is a kick in our behinds to stop living in the comfort zone. We mobile-women are destined for greatness. A greatness so big that it drowns out the magical effects of any photoshopped magazine cover beauty. Remember this: When an egg is broken from the outside, a life is lost. When the egg is broken from the inside a life is born. Break free from your self-imposed limitations and beliefs and birth a new life for you that shows the world your innate bright light. I believe in you!
Camile is a 37 year old mother and writer. She sustained a spinal cord injury while performing her police officer duties for The Miami Dade Police Department in 2006. After two years of fighting to stay alive, she rediscov-ered her passion for writing and has been doing it ever since. She has been published in five different countries as a contributor for Extraordinary You: The Art of Living a Lusciously Spirited and Vibrant Life. She is a regular col-umnist for PN Magazine (Just For Women column) and is working on her first novel and memoir. For more infor-mation or to contact Camile directly use the links below.
[email protected]: @camilearaujo
Photographer: Roland Basdeo, Model: Rachelle Friedman