Covershot at “Abilities” magazine

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Sometimes the impact of a project continues in time just like the waves of the sea keep coming to the shore again and again one after the other.

I am referring to the project of photoshooting underwater the swimming paralympian champion Antonis Tsapatakis a couple of years ago, one of the most important projects in my portfolio – in terms of “sending a message through a photograph”.
It was a strong concept with each photo telling a story. I had many shots but I chose three portraits that complete the project as I had it on my mind. The concept was not only the obvious, the freedom someone feels underwater caused by the lack of gravity, not only the fact that water heals the body and the soul, but in a more spiritual level the feeling of equality, the visualization of overcoming all obstacles, of not giving up, even from a man that already had managed to achieve everything in spite his injury, a man that is a symbol of strength and courage. My purpose was to show what I see in Antonis, a strong man that decided not to give up, a man that fights and wins not only in swimming pool but mostly in real life inspiring people to follow his lead.
The project went viral when it was published and just when I thought it was started to fade, the Canadian magazine “abilities” about inspiration, information and opportunity for Canadians with disabilities, brought it back in surface by publishing an article with my interview about the concept and dedicated the cover of issue 120 – Spring 2020 with Antoni’s photo and the very inspiring tittle “BORN TO SWIM – The equality of weightlessness”.
Those of you who want to read the article can follow the link and read the digital form.
Canadian Abilities Foundation envisions an inclusive, universally accessible society, where all people belong and are valued. Their mission is to facilitate the exchange of information, promote accessibility and provide inspiration and opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF) is a registered Canadian charity. CAF was founded in 1986.
They publish Abilities, Canada’s Lifestyle Magazine for people with disabilities, with a readership of about 60,000, and they have also published numerous books and directories related to disability.
CAF is also a member of a national coalition in conjunction with Easter Seals and several other corporate partners, including Cineplex Entertainment, to offer the Access 2 Entertainment card™, which provides free admission (or a significant discount) for support persons accompanying a person with a disability at movie theatres across Canada.
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