Photography and Environmental Art for the Visually Impaired

Great feedback from our first trial session at Holton Lee – on a rather chilly afternoon in early December.  Despite the weather, we were able to trial some approaches which were well received, exploring a sensory approach to the landscape through touch and photography.  It was good to have Tim and his wife from BSVI to help and document the event.

Next stop – working with BSVI to look for funding – It would be great to have something longer term running during the summer of 2012…

Photography and Visual Impairment

Ever since my first photography project with a day centre in Bristol where one of the participants was 'registered blind', I have wanted to work up a camera based arts project working with people with severe visual impairment.  This isn't a perverse challenge – there are several celebrated 'blind' photographers working in various countries, and I have been experimenting with some technical adaptations to both create and enjoy images.

I met with the Dorset Blind Association several years ago, but our discussions didn't survive a re-organisation there.  I have now found a fellow traveller in Geoff  Jones, the new Training Manager at Holton Lee, and we are currently looking for funding to work up a project for 2012 that brings together photography and a multi-sensory response to the environment there.

Any suggestions welcomed!

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