[Art_beyond_sight_educators] Photography Course Imparted to the Visually Challenged
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Sun Apr 11 18:31:46 UTC 2010
Photography Course Imparted to the Visually Challenged
Eight visually challenged persons have achieved to convert their ideas
of historical monuments into photographs, using the rest of their
senses. The exercise is part of awareness workshops imparted by Gabriela
Patterson and organized by the National Institute of Anthropology and
History (INAH) to involve different publics in cultural heritage
enjoyment and care.
Julio Cesar Martinez Bronimann, photographer at the National
Coordination of Cultural Heritage Conservation (CNCPC) has conducted
research regarding teaching photography to visually impaired people.
He has adapted his own teaching method towards expression of
participants by knowledge of historical objects or spaces through touch,
hearing and occasionally, taste. Then they capture their impressions in
The fact of these persons not seeing does not mean they cannot take
photographs, declared Martinez; “meaning of the word photography is
“writing with light”, and people impaired to see can perceive it through
the heat it produces, being able to locate places in light and shadow.
“In enclosed spaces they feel the absence of light by the change of
temperature, deducing they need extra light, and then they use the
flash”. The INAH photographer explains that his students also know how
to handle backlight.
Hearing and touch are used to choose the framing. If it is a portrait,
the voice helps them to determine direction and distance from the
subject. Sometimes a companion can describe the space or figure to help
them imagine it.
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