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    Greetings from a legally blind photographer in NE PA.

    Hello, my name is Michael and I am legally blind. That means that my eyesight is worse than 20/200 corrected.

    I lost my a majority of my eyesight a few years ago due to diabetic complications, I am a type I diabetic.

    Before loosing my eyesight, I had a strong interest in photography, and after loosing my eyesight I learned to use photography as a way to see the world around me.

    Over the last semester at college -- I am majoring in Psychology, I have been taking a 35mm black and white film photography class and I have been able to use what I learned in the past to enable me to complete the entire photographic process without assistance.

    While I currently do not have one area in which I specialize, a large portion of my current work is within the realm of still life.
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    Hello and a warm welcome to APUG.

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    Hello and welcome.
    I saw a short documentary about a legally blind photographer that painted with light. I was intruiged by his way to see things.

    I wonder, what makes you use photography as your media? I am always impressed by people that "use" their handicap to create stuff and I am curious what makes these guys to chose the, what seem to be, hardest way to express themselves.

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    Jeff and Zewrak, thank you for the welcome.
    In my case, I was interesting in photography quite a few years before loosing my eyesight. I simply became much more serious about photography after losing my eyesight.

    When I lost my eyesight, I gained lots of free time and the opportunity to deeply explore two of my interests psychology and photography.
    I began working towards a degree in psychology, with hopes to return to work using my mind instead of the manual labor I was performing prior to becoming disabled. I then felt that since photography was something that I was interested in for such a long time -- 20+ years, that I would take it upon myself to become formally educated in the art as a part of my re-education.

    I also find photography to be therapeutic, as it gives me the temporary relief I need from many of my challenges. While creating a photo, I only have to deal with the specific challenges involved with that photo, instead of 1,000's of random challenges coming from all directions.

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    Hallo Michael
    Fabrizio Ruggeri fine art photography site: http://fabrizio-ruggeri.artistwebsites.com
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    Welcome Michael!

    I'd like to hear more about how you approach photography with limited sight. It's something I've thought about for a long time, but haven't had to actually face.

    Do you have any examples of your work on-line?

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    Hello legally blind and welcome to APUG.
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    'Legally blind': Please do not blame me if you happen to see (in the sense of 'perceive') things better than most. Sometimes it just happens that way. - David Lyga

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    Welcome to APUG, and best wishes with your endeavors with photography and psychology.

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    Welcome to APUG, Michael, and good luck with your photography.
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