Peek into closed eyes
Today being World Sight Day, we showcase photographs by the visually challenged and speak to a man who made non-retinal art recognisable in the city Partho Bhowmick
What: Today being World Sight Day, we showcase photographs by the visually challenged and speak to a man who made non-retinal art recognisable in the city — Partho Bhowmick. He shares that it was in early 2004 that he discovered the works of Evgen Bavcar, a well-known visually challenged photographer. Sighted himself, Bhowmick undertook the challenge of teaching the impaired. He informs, “Photography by the blind is ground zero of photography. It’s a part of the international disability art movement know as non-retinal art culture. It is aimed to interrupt the monocular perception and point of view, of the view and enrich art by another approach, by another gaze.”
How: Bhowmick underscores a few challenges en route to taking a class, “Initially, making them believe that they too, can take pictures and retaining their interest in photography by engaging them with different ways to take and make pictures.” Bhowmick relays the equipment that is usually used: “We use a wide range of cameras — point and shoot camera (digital and film), SLR and even professional pinhole camera. Also some are exposed and work in traditional black-and-white dark rooms,” informs Bhowmick. The enterprising photographer started the Blind With Camera school in 2010. As a process, the sighted and the impaired form a couple where the view is described to the challenged. So the photograph that one sees is first born in the mind of the impaired as an image; which later, when clicked, becomes a reunion of the physical and mental.
Where: For the sighted, blindfold photography sessions are also held where the visually impaired conduct classes. At Blind Sight Foundation, Rameshwar Towers 1, Wing B, Flat No. 1202, New Golden Nest Phase XI -XII, 100 Feet Road, Bhayander (E). call 9821474731