A year or so ago, as my vision problems began to spiral, I ran to the internet for information. I traveled from website to website, looking at everything from medical information to technological advances to personal stories of living with low vision. In my surfing, I saw some information on a group of blind (and visually impaired) photographers. Interesting, but not what I was looking for, so I passed right by. Two recent changes have brought me into contact with this wonderful group. First, I am learning to use Photoshop at work. Even on my worst-vision days, I can do anything on the computer if I make the image big enough. Second, my husband bought me a digital “point and shoot” camera. I took it out on journeys with me a couple of times, but quickly became frustrated because I could not really see what I was doing as I was setting up shots. Since I had begun to learn Photoshop, I thought that I might be able to make something beautiful out of some of them. With the inspiration of the blindphotographers website, I began to create a digital world where I can see the beauty that I can no longer see in the “real” natural world.
Here is an example of the wonders of Photoshop. I took this photo in our front yard on a sunny day.
The sun was bright and the glare made my “sparkles” so intense that all I could see through the viewfinder was a blur of lavender that I knew were crocuses. I could not compose at all, just literally point and shoot. When I opened the picture in Photoshop, I was really disappointed. Still, I made it really large and started looking around for a usable image within the photo. I found a composition that I thought was interesting and played around with it to turn it into this:
Voila! I knew in my heart that there was beauty in that group of crocuses and, even though I could not “see” it, I feel great about being able to find and see it through digital photography.
At the bottom of the page, you will find links to my photos and to the blindphotographers website.