Reportage in Peru with Leica
by Daniel Maissan
Last time I mailed you for a guest blog, nearly a year ago, I was sending it from India. Thanks again for posting it.
At this moment I’m working with a wonderful foundation in Peru. It’s a foundation that helps families with autistic children in Cusco, a city in the Andes. It’s a heart warming and intense experience, which I’d like to share with you.
This foundation, Abrazos (www.abrazos-autismo.com – a Spanish/Dutch site) is run by a Dutch lady, living here now for six years already. With the help of experts from the Netherlands, she trained local women to be therapists and so they are now able to help over 170 families in the city. This is done at their headquarters but mostly they do house calls and have one hour sessions with the children in their own house.
They asked me to make a reportage about their work and about the children they help. Of course I couldn’t say no. Again I took the Leica Monochrom to do the photography, as the Black & White has been my comfort and love since India. But I also decided to bring the M 240 as a backup. As we got to the first house call, I decided to use it to film the session. I had never done this before, and of course I didn’t bring a tripod or anything, so it’s a bit shaky here and there. Still I’m really happy with the results and it does give a good picture of the help these kids get.
Below is a video of Eva- Maria, a four-year-old girl who lives in the outskirts of Cusco. She likes to play with blocks, is very interested in photos and sits hours and hours reading magazines, looking at the pictures. As is the case with a lot of autistic children, communication, concentration and changing a daily schedule is hard for her. So this is what Claudia, the therapist, worked on during our one-hour session with her. Video shot with the M 240.
Photo 1 & 2 Austin, 3 years old
Photo 3 Jefferson, 5 years old
Photo 4 Yasmin, 3 years old
Photo 5 & 6 Nicolas, 6 years old
Photo 7 Lucas, 10 years old
Photo 8 Angela, 16 years old
Photo 9 & 10 Group therapy, cooking class at Abrazos headquarters.