17 October 2011

Storytelling: Eyes That Feel

 Juan Antonio Hernandez tries to touch a flower in order to feel its's temperature and determine where the sunlight is hitting the flower as he prepares to photograph it at a park in Mexico City. Hernandez is one of 30 visually impaired or blind people learning photography with the help of the Mexico City foundation Ojos Que Sienten, or Eyes That Feel. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

This is the kind of storytelling that I would love to see more often.  How amazing is that picture?
The sun's warmth helps them know where to place themselves to photograph their subject. They may touch a flower to sense its shape before photographing it, or listen intently for the wind blowing through leaves to locate a tree. 
They ask people they are photographing to talk to them so they can figure out how high or low on their body to place the camera. They then hold the camera against their foreheads or chests for stability. 
"My hearing, my smell, all my senses are alert when I'm taking a photograph," said Jose Antonio Dominguez, who has taken scores of photos of his guide dog Boni, a 3-year-old golden retriever.
Read the article here.