Making Photos without Seeing – Blind Photographer Pete Eckert


You’re ready to frame your shot. Lifting your camera to face, you see nothing.

Blinded for just a moment, you’ve left your lenscap on (again!). What a relief to see that glorious image through your viewfinder.

It makes you wonder what you would do if that moment of blindness lasted longer than a few seconds. Would you give up photography all together?

Pete Eckert is a blind photographer who didn’t.

Amazingly, he embraced the craft even more so after becoming blind, shooting ethereal double exposures and vivid light paintings with his Mamiyaflex TLR.

He visualizes the image he wants to create in his mind and uses his senses of sound, touch, and memory to make a photograph. (Watch this 4 minute documentary to see how he frames his shots!)

He explains, “Sound gives an image just like light gives an image…My work is a byproduct of learning how to see again using sound.”

Who’d have thought the impossible was actually possible? Thanks to Pete, we’ll never forget it.

Making Photographs without Seeing, Pete Eckert
[via Lomography; thanks Nik!]

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