Blind photographer creates works of art
From CNN Photo blogs:
Craig Royal has been legally blind since birth. He picked up a camera four years ago and has been using photography as a creative outlet ever since. Relying on the camera’s ability to auto focus, he creates works of art.
Born with optic atrophy, Royal’s current corrected vision is 20/400 and his central vision of both eyes is obscured with a white blind spot. He was also recently diagnosed with cataracts.
In his series “Reflection Abstracts,” he uses “the water as a canvas, reflections as pigment and wind as a brush.” All of the images are shot at the same location, under a four-lane bridge as a narrow gap in the bridge creates a band of light on the water below.
“Depending on the time of day and year, direct sunlight hits the water along with the reflection of the sky and reflections of the bridge structure,” Royal said.
Slowing the shutter speed to capture the movement of the water, he photographs this effect over and over until he fills up a memory card. When he edits the photos in Photoshop, he uses a 4x monocular, similar to what a surgeon would use to operate.
“Some images may suggest something beyond themselves and if need be I may manipulate the form of the reflection,” he said. “For example a profile of a face may be suggested and I’ll refine it to make it more obvious. My imagination follows nature’s lead.”
– Angie Walton, CNN