My task was to spend two days photographing Easter Seals campers for the PhotoSensitive project Kids Who Can presented by Canon.
Although I had heard about Easter Seals camp as a child, I had never attended myself. My mother always pushed me to go to camp but I was totally against it. I didn’t want to be labelled by disability, or associated with disability. Now however, the more I look at it, the more I realize that there is a story here.
|Alexis Gallant after the pool. Photo by Maayan Ziv|
"Shooting the Shooter" (on the hottest day of the year..oh man I look so sweaty) at Camp Woodeden, ON- James Burns from PhotoSensitive.
I think one reason it was so easy to connect with the kids is because I share so much with them. I know what it is like to be a kid growing up with a disability…but maybe its also because I act like a 7 year old.
|Wesley Magee-Saxton, left, and Cameron Purdy, right, two of a group of
eight boys that I hung out with the most. |
They kept pulling their counselor's finger to see if he would fart.
|Will. Photo by Maayan Ziv.|
|Alexis being helped out of her harness after daring the challenge of the camp's giant swing. Photo by Maayan Ziv|
|Photo by Maayan Ziv|
|William Antaya, left and Wesley Magee-Saxton Photo by Maayan Ziv|
Kids Who Can launches in Toronto from PhotoSensitive.
The official launch of the Kids Who Can project was on March 16th at the Brookfield Place in Toronto. Over the summer of 2011, 25 photographers and videographers were sent to 12 camps across eight provinces. The result is a compelling and thought provoking show that I am so humbled and honored to have been a part of. Here are some images from the launch.
|Photo by Melissa Tait|
|Photo by Melissa Tait|
|Photo by Giordano Ciampini|
|The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Photo by Giordano Ciampini|
|Kevin Ogawa, President and CEO of Canon Canada. Photo by Giordano Ciampini|
|Wes and Will, two of the boys I photographed at Camp Woodeden. Photo by Giordano Ciampini|
|Sharing my experience shooting. Photo by Giordano Ciampini.|
|Andrew Stawicki, PhotoSensitive founding photographer, talks about how the project came together so magically. Photo by Giordano Ciampini|
|The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and myself. Photo by Giordano Ciampini|
|Me in front of my work. Photo by my mama, Orli Ziv.|
|Photo by Ken Faught|
Kids Who Can has been a project that has changed my life. I feel so lucky to have contributed to such an important body of work.
Click here to check out more of my work from my time at EasterSeal's Camp Woodeden on my website.
and Click here for all the official images and video of the Kids Who Can project.