Each photographer fashions their work of art using creative methods to combat their varying degrees of vision loss. If you have any sort of doubt about the photography skills of a blind person, I guarantee that your mind will be changed as soon as you take one step inside of the exhibit. All of the artists will draw you in with their photos. They show you things in a perspective that I’ve never seen be explored before.
After each encounter with a photograph in the exhibit, you’re left feeling mesmerized and awestruck. One artist in particular, Pete Eckert, caught my eye. After being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, which ultimately ended his selected career as an architect, Pete decided to take pictures once again to capture the world around him.
He learned as much as possible about photography before the degenerative disease took his vision completely. He now uses light painting, a method where he moves through the darkness with a small source of light and a camera on the long exposure setting to create alluring, illuminated figures.
We had a chance to visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, where there are many exhibits to fill a whole day – and then some!
One of the exhibits I thought was really cool was Sight Unseen. The exhibit was about blindness, or visually impaired people, who used photography and 3D printing in their artwork. Some of the 3D pictures had buttons in them that, when you hit them, played a little description about the picture. There were also pictures that had textures. You could feel what was being represented by the artwork you saw.
There was an activity in the exhibit in which you would draw on a piece of paper and someone else would put it through a machine, raising the ink up so that the drawing became 3D.
There are so many more galleries to check out in the museum, so go there and check all of them out. If you want to see Sight Unseen, don’t miss your chance! It’s there only until September 18.