In my half sleep I remembered this up for the first time:
There are none so blind as those that can’t see. Makes you think yes ?
Blind Photography should make you think even more …
Photography is the last visual art. Blind photography is therefore the last bourgeois taboo. A medium apparently controlled by light cannot
Photography requires composition and technical competences in order to both see and extract a scene or image onto the storage medium. it is this latter which is insurmountable to those lacking in the visual sense.
Those of serious visual impairment must first stumble upon a subject worthy of capture, set up their equipment, compose the shot, optimise their settings, and take the shot. Having captured the masterpiece they must then develop it by whatever means. How can they critically review their work without the ability to observe it. The chances of achieving a masterpiece in this way are minimal.
And this is exactly why is should be considered an approach in its own right. In a more real sense the blind photographer is ‘free’ from the bounds of traditional photographic practice, in terms of how they use their camera, how they compose their subjects and what the final results look like.
We can harness this creative release through the process described herewith:
[insert process here]
note1: I am assuming ‘blind’ to mean total blindness. I know this isn’t always the case. The RNIB are the experts on such thing. I’m certainly not trying to make fun of blind people.
note2: there should always be more than one footnote on a document
note3: digital or analogue photography is equally valid here. Added fun can be had by developing photos by hand.
note4: this is a photo of a blind and not blind photography:
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