Photo gallery: On World Sight Day, photography by ‘Blind With Camera’

October 13, 2012

Photographers say you need to have an eye to take pictures. These children, who lack some or all of their vision, have applied the same maxim to their photography. The pictures that you see below are images that I took of an exhibition by the Mumbai-based project ‘Blind With Camera’. The show is on display at the Alliance Francaise in New Delhi until Oct. 18th, and I shot these images on the World Health Organization’s World Sight Day.

“…Tactile, audio clues, visual memories of sight, warmth of light and cognitive skills are used by the visually impaired photographers to create the mental image before they judge to take a picture,” said Partho Bhowmick, a member of the project.

The first picture was taken at Dadar Kabutarkhana in Mumbai during a workshop in 2010. The photographer, Bhavesh Patel, who was born blind, according to the exhibition brochure, said he followed the direction of the sound of pigeons flying and took the picture based on the audio clue.

 

Here are some more:

 

Taking pictures at a concert or an exhibition is an engaging experience. You get to capture the moods of spectators and visitors. At an exhibition, you can have people in the foreground or background while capturing pictures on display. But in this exhibition, there was not a single visitor.

 

 

In the picture below, “Cycle”, the photographer, Ravi Thakur, was trying to follow the direction of the sound of a bicycle in motion, but was confused by the sound of the sea.

 

And here are some other images that I shot.

 

The exhibition will close on Oct. 18. For more details click here.

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