How is it possible to be blind and to take photographs? I am, and I do. So, how do I do it, and what on earth for?
Only about 10% of those who are classed as legally blind live in complete darkness. I have some residual vision in one eye, and total darkness in the other, but because I wasn’t born blind, I know that the blurry green thing outside on a brown stick is probably a tree.
If I’m interested in the tree, or puzzled by it, or surprised by it, I will take a photo of it, knowing that the camera’s focus is much sharper than mine. In fact, I’ll probably take lots of photos of it as I explore it, because digital pictures don’t cost anything.
When I get home, I’ll put them all on a big screen, courtesy of my PC. Now I can get close and personal to the tree, so that, when I stumble upon it again, I knowwhat it looks like, it is now a tree in my memory, my inner eye.
Now I can look for what interests me about this tree that I can now ‘see’ and take the pictures I really want to take.
I don’t edit them at all. They either work or they don’t. Either way, these are moments in a world I can’t see. The ones I don’t like, I delete. It’s as brutal as that.
Each photo on this site is a record of my struggle with a world that is grey and blurry and untrustworthy. I suppose they are my little triumphs.