I am a photographer who is legally-blind, but not totally blind, and therefore I have a limited view of the world, compared to those with normal vision. Legal blindness means that the vision in the best eye, with correction, is 20/200 or worse; this means that I can see something prominent (like the big E on the eye chart) from about 20 feet away, while someone with 20/20 vision could see the same thing from about 200 feet away. I can see a tree or a building from further away than 20 feet, but the details will be missing. I can see colors, shapes and contrast, meaning some detail, when things are very close to my face. I can read the big newspaper headlines pretty easily in good light, but cannot read newsprint without some very strong magnification and a good light source. When I use my reading glasses, I must hold what I am looking at within 3 inches of my face for my eyes to focus. It is a wonderful gift to have even this much vision; and it would take much more effort and concentration to function with less or no vision. There is a tremendous amount of detail in this world that I simply do not see. I walk by a brick building and see the dark walls, and maybe the shapes of windows that are closest to me, but I don't see the bricks, the house number, or the person who may or may not be sitting on the porch. Once I took a picture of a horse race by looking through binoculars to find the moving dark spot on the track. Then I exchanged the binoculars for the camera, aimed to hopefully capture the track, and then took the photo by guessing when the dark spot might be in front of the camera. I think there were ten or twelve races the day I was at Keeneland in Lexington, and I ended up with just three or four pictures actually showing horses racing! My camera has made it possible for me to see some amazing things, as I go through this life. The enlarged pictures that I take show me what would be impossible for me to see with my naked eye. Each time I see the beauty and intricacies that a photo has captured, I find myself saying, "Omagosh, look at that." For me, there is a miracle of discovery in most of the pictures I take. Each photograph has a unique story of capture technique, and my amazement when I saw the enlargement! I might see the shape of an orchid, and its general color, but a picture, when blown up on my computer, shows me a most amazing piece of artwork, done by the creator. There are dozens of tiny little lines, some of them with more than one color, and it turns out that those lines are delicately arranged to form a pleasing and amazing picture. I will never forget the first time I saw the detail on a friend's orchid. I was, and continue to be, in awe of such an unimaginable creation. There are descriptions with many of the photographs on this site, so that you will have an idea of how I took the picture, and what the surprise was when I saw it on a computer screen. This website offers a glimpse of amazement, as seen by a nontraditional photographer. It is my sincere hope that viewers will share these gifts of awe and wonder, as they take a closer look at a legally-blind photographer's view of this amazing world
It is never too late to take a closer look.
Omagosh, Kentucky's Backroads Interview
An interview on Kentucky's Backroads with Cindy Paulding, a legally blind photographer who uses a camera to get a better look at the world.