Today, to get more of the creative juices flowing I went out as a “blind photographer” Based on an exhibition Seeing Beyond Sight (and an assignment I remember from my intro to photo T.A. days) I blindfolded myself and asked my kind assistant James to take me to a surprise location and just make sure I didn’t hurt myself in the photo making process. It was a very interesting exercise because I found myself still attempting to take photographs based on what I thought they should look like. I tried hard to throw any ‘conventional photography’ ideas out the window and listen to my other senses but coming from sight, that’s a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.
In the book of the exhibition, Seeing Beyond Sight by Tony Deifell, the teenagers write captions explaining their motivation behind the pictures they captured. They took pictures of the bells at school that made noise, the people and things that were important to them and they took self portraits. It is fascinating to compare composition and technique to the images taken by students who have never seen paintings by classic painters or any photographs by professionals or otherwise. I almost wish I could have had more of their blank slate rather than still attempting to take a ‘good’ photograph while blindfolded.
It was certainly a good exercise—if nothing else, to help me appreciate my own sight— but also just to experience life a little differently for a while.