Training them to have an eye for photography

Making them click:Partho Bhowmick, founder of Beyond Sight Foundation, training participants at a photography workshop in Bengaluru.— Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy  

Can a visually impaired person take a photograph? Can he/she take a glamorous photograph of a famous Bollywood actor and get paid for it? Well, all this and more is possible post ‘The Blind View’ workshop, which, having seen success in Mumbai, reached the city on Friday.

“A blind man cannot see the sunrise or the sunset, he cannot distinguish between the light of the day or the evening, but what he can do is sense the shadows retreating or the heat of the sun. He is sensitive to touch and sound. And, we use all of these things to teach the blind man how to take a photograph. A good photograph,” says Partho Bhowmick, founder of the Beyond Sight Foundation that has been conducting such workshops since 2006.

At the workshop here on Friday, he demonstrated how a visually impaired person can be taught to gauge the space that needs to be photographed by measuring his/her steps and getting a feel of the background and even how to take the same photograph in different angles. “The blind man takes the photo in much the same way as a normal sighted person does by focusing the camera’s eyes onto the target,” he said, while showing, “raised,” photographs that allows a visually impaired person to feel his photo. As part of the workshop, the participants took photographs of other visually impaired people going about their routine work like taking a bus or going to their workplace. All these photographs and more will be on display at Garuda Mall on October 10 and 11.

Videos about how visually impaired people cook and what exactly they see when they dream will soon be available on the foundation’s website.

Photographs taken by the visually impaired to be displayed at Garuda Mall on October 10 and 11

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