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Second Sense - Beyond Vision Loss

Kurt Weston

“In 1996 I became legally blind from Uveitis caused by an experimental medication used to treat a viral infection of my retinas. The symptom of Uveitis is massive inflammation of the eyes – leaving me totally blind in my left eye and only limited peripheral vision in my right eye.  Previously, I had a career as a fashion photographer. After my sight loss I learned how to use adaptive computer technology and magnification devices and I began creating fine art photographs. I was able to pursue an MFA which I received in 2008 from California State University, Fullerton. My photographs are in the permanent collection of the Houston Fine Arts Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and the California Museum of Photography.

“My current work is an addendum to my most iconic artwork, my “Blind Vision” series of self-portraits which represent my sight loss. In my new work, I illustrate the use of my other senses to see and perceive. Seeing, as we all know, is a combination of all our physical, mental, psychological and spiritual states. My new images are perceptions which transcend the corporeal (physical) realm to form a unique vision beyond sight.  Stylistically, my new images embrace technology-based art with new and intriguing methods. They are digitally enhanced photographic configurations which recontextualize for both the sighted and the blind the very nature of seeing.”

Cyber Optic

Eye Pressure