José Javier Delgado Esteban

Shifting Perspectives
Location: Spain
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: I am a multi award-winning visual artist, photographer and new media developer. Throughout my early professional life in Spain I developed a strong interest in all aspects of photography, moving image, environmental, space sciences and natural... read on
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Shifting Perspectives
Copyright josé javier delgado esteban 2021
Updated 01/28/16
Location United Kingdom

These portraits represent a sample of my contribution to the Shifting Perspectives iniciative in the UK.

Shifting Perspectives was born out of a desire to provide an alternative to the medical, often negative, mainstream images of people with Down"™s syndrome. In 2003 Fiona Field and Richard Baley gathered a group of photographers, who all had children with Down"™s syndrome, to create a small exhibition for Down"™s Syndrome Awareness Week. Susan Andrews, a senior lecturer in photography at the London Metropolitan University, happened to visit the exhibition and invited the group to exhibit at the university as part of the "˜Photomonth"™ east London photography festival. It was through this invitation that Shifting Perspectives came about, and in 2005 the first exhibition was held at the gallery@OXO on London"™s Southbank.

Today, Shifting Perspectives has become a global art and awareness project which has reached tens of thousands of people. The exhibition has travelled throughout the UK and Ireland. It has visited 4 continents and 7 different countries. The work "“ all taken by photographers with a connection to Down"™s syndrome "“ has gained recognition for its contribution to the field of photography, and its success in challenging attitudes towards people with Down"™s syndrome. 

Over the years Shifting Perspectives has explored many different themes: birth, every day family life, relationships, culture and religion. The work is about more than just disability. It depicts people with Down"™s syndrome as individuals, showing that they have dreams, aspirations, wants, needs, likes and dislikes, just like anyone else.  


Also by José Javier Delgado Esteban —


Komodo Dragons of Rinca Island

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / komodo National Park — The Komodo Monitor Dragon, Varanus komodoensis, is the biggest lizard on the planet reaching put 3 metres in..

Antipodean Fur Seals of Australia and New Zealand

By José Javier Delgado Esteban — The work for the collection Antipodean Fur Seals of Australia and New Zealand was produced during December..

Whaling Stations of the Iberian Peninsula: Now and then.

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Spain — An important if though sad reminder of Spain's whaling recent past, the remains scatered mainly in the..

Song to the Siren

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Crystal River, Florida — One of our current projects for 2016: "Song to the Siren" a series of images of the West Indian..

Being Emily...

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Norfolk — On the 22nd of January 2005 the non-identical twins Lorca Sebastian and Emily Carmen were born. Emily was..

Trouble in Paradise

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Kingdom of Tonga — The South Pacific Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga is known for the Humpback Whales coming every year from the..

Humpback Whales of the South Pacific

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Kingdom of Tonga — The Whale Nation Project started as a 100% self-funded venture where I was going be documenting as many..

Like Fish out of water

By José Javier Delgado Esteban / Old Hunstanton — Under an ancient law of the United Kingdom, whales like this Sperm Whale are "Royal Fish" and when stranded..
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