“I am a visually impaired photographer. From my earliest memories I have loved photography. Whether it was capturing memories of family times or just something that piqued my interest, I clicked away. Twenty years ago I went to see my eye doctor because my photographs were ‘blurry’ and I did not know why. They looked ‘clear’ to me. I was diagnosed with RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa), a degenerative, genetic eye disease.
Dealing with RP and its progression has made me want to capture more and more of the beauty around me, before I can no longer ‘see.’
After my children were grown, I developed a more serious interest in learning about photography. I learned from family members who were professional and bought many books to teach myself the ins and outs of manual cameras.
Now with the wonderful world of digital, I can capture, edit and enjoy these moments much more quickly and efficiently than film camera work.
Being a visually impaired photographer, I also find solace while capturing the beauty that surrounds us. When I am out in the field, I let the world slide away and my camera takes me to a place where I feel whole and invigorated. I feel that looking at and appreciating nature has a very calming effect and positive healing vibes. I hope others also find healing and solace through my work.”