Admiration is often a common result of seeing or hearing something that touches a nerve within us. When that nerve converts the admiration into inspiration I find myself feeling more fulfilled in the world.
After many years in photography, I’ve developed a few photo crushes. Having been a fan of Julia Fullerton-Batten’s work for several years I recently came across her project — BLIND — that really stopped me in my tracks…for more than one reason. Firstly, the concept, the quiet respect and the powerful results have a lingering impact that only the best photography can achieve. But when I read Julia’s back-story and compared it to my own, I was more deeply moved by the work.
My father-in-law suffered from Retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited, degenerative eye disease. Much like Julia’s admiration/inspiration regarding this most important of our senses, I too tried often to put myself in my father-in-law’s shoes as he navigated the world, always on his own terms no less, but always at a great remove from what we so much take for granted.
These photos are worth stopping for; read the stories, close your eyes for a moment, and imagine those perfect places that often exist only in our minds. And thank your lucky stars.