Blind Photographers Push the Envelope of Expression
A new book examines the work of visually impaired artists who use sounds, smells, and even touch to guide their cameras.
An award-winning artist, the U.K.-based Smithen "views the world as a dancer," explains the new book The Blind Photographer, which publishes in September and features the work of more than 50 blind and partially sighted photographers.
"[Smithen] relates to others, and to the objects in their space—pavements, walls, stage, curtains—and to the camera, as a dancer," the book adds.
Another artist featured in The Blind Photographer, Alberto Loranca, uses trigonometry to compose his images. Loranca is able to distinguish between light and shadow and he uses that ability to calculate where to place his camera and what settings to use.
Visually impaired photographers can also use sounds, smells, and even touch to guide their cameras. They can feel an object to see