"Doing the photo session for me was a unique feeling. It allowed me to understand more about how my disabled body behaves in the water. The way in which I view this body changed a bit, which enabled me to love it even more, exactly the way it is."
"Making this photo essay was a great milestone in my history within photography, after all, I never had the opportunity to photograph someone with a disability. Seeing Gabriela's body moving in the water was one of the most enjoyable sensations I have ever been able to experience. And knowing that these photographs affected Gabi in such a powerful way, with an inner gaze, for me, only confirms the importance of highlighting people with disabilities, through a subversive and empowering gaze."
Co-creation: Amanda Bambu and Gabriela Amorim
Technique: Underwater Photography
Maceió - Alagoas - Brazil
Amanda Bambu is a 26 year old woman from Alagoas Brazil. She is a visual artist and has been working for a little over 8 years with photography, during which she has developed numerous projects with themes related to the "woman" and her various nuances within society, in a poetic, visceral and sincere way. She gives lectures, workshops and classes about photography and its relationship with narrative construction and the poetics of photographic making.
Gabriela Amorim is a 24 year old woman, who was born with myelomeningocele. At the age of 9 she became the first wheelchair dancer in Alagoas. She has traveled to dance festivals all over Brazil, such as Brasília, Fortaleza, Aracaju, among other cities in the country, during her 15-year career.