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Seeing Beyond Sight Photo Challenge by Blue

June 15th, 2007 11:21 AM / Location: 37.861789,-122.5862

INSTRUCTIONS: Seeing Beyond Sight has partnered with SFZero to challenge you to see the world differently - with more than your eyes.

Welcome new users: SFZero is an ongoing game in which you can choose to participate (or not) after you do the Seeing Beyond Sight Challenge.

Click here for new user registration.

1. Blindfold yourself.
(wear shades or tape your eyes shut)

2. Go out in public and make your way in the world.
(go 1 block, 1 hour or 1 roll of film; go with a friend or alone; make up your own process)

3. Photograph things you notice. And, just notice.
(What do you notice differently about objects, people, actions, interactions?)

4. Embrace the whole experience as much as the picture taking.
(Engage. Have a conversation with people you encounter. Take it all in.)

5. Share your story.
(For each photograph write a caption about your experience - a few lines or several paragraphs if you want.)

6. Challenge some friends to do it.
(email them the link:

Please don't post all the pictures from your shoot, but chose 1 to 3 that are the best images or are most telling of your experience. Caption the photos describing something about your experience - that is as important as the image itself. Longer stories are welcomed and may be added to

If you depend on your eyes to get around, then it is hard not to use them. Although you can tell us about how difficult it is to be blind, focus more on what you noticed about the world as you embarked on this journey.

This experience isn’t about blindness – it is about seeing, noticing and paying attention with more than your eyes.

This challenge was inspired by SEEING BEYOND SIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHY BY BLIND TEENAGERS, a new book published by Chronicle Books.

I had a really great time doing this and intend to do it again whether or not for this task. In fact I am having a little get together tomorrow night and I am going to bring with a bandanna and a a couple cameras so as to encourage people to do this.


I went to the Muir Beach Overlook to complete this task. It's always good to get across the bridge and have a day sans ˈkrakˌheds. Eddy did the documentation but we are submitting ours separately to avoid point hoarding. Hers is finally up!!! and I must admit… probably a bit cooler than mine.

I donned my bandanna and put some sunglasses on for extra blindness assurance.
main_p102073319588.jpgmain_p102073419595.jpgAll dressed up for the party I made my way along the trail. Let me just say the hand rail makes this look easier then it is. The first few minutes I spent simply scared out of my wits. It took me a minute to remember to use my other senses instead of focusing on the blackness.

main_p102073619575.jpgmain_img012719569.jpgStairs are incredibly daunting when you are blind…
especially the oversized/irregular kind that are so popular right now at scenic locations.

main_img013719571.jpgI could hear and smell the surf and slowly made my way towards it. I had specifically instructed my guide to only help if I asked or if I was facing impending doom. This was one of those instances… "um just so you know theres no more railing and you are standing on the edge of a sheer cliff."

main_img012919570.jpgNot bad for beeing blind, no wonder it is becoming harder to make a living as a photographer and photojournalists seem to be dropping like flies.

I heard giggling and snapped some pictures… after a short conversation with Silver what do you know she joined SFØ. Yeah! More Babes for the party.

workersmain_img014819559.jpgI could hear workers to my left…
That is where I really wanted to go but there was some kind of rail in my way. Maybe it was for the best. If they do not want regular people over there I am sure as hell they do not want blind folded photographers stumbling around while they are working. But if I could have gone over there I would have.

main_img014019573.jpgmain_img014419614.jpgI could hear an echo to my right and imagined there was some sort of primordial cave. I explored it and was not really sure what it was. Now that I can see it I am still not really sure what it is. Not all that much changes when your blind, atleast not as much as you would think.

main_img018319561.jpgI could feel brush at my feet so I felt around and found some soft gentle flowers.
main_img018619576.jpgFeeling around some more I came across a not so soft prickly plant. OWW!!! Being blind can hurt.
I don't know it yet but those stairs about to be very daunting.

You do not know how good that felt. and I got a lovely self portrait out of it.

main_img019519590.jpgThe Shadow is me!
main_img020419593.jpgFrom here it was on to Muir Beach. Eddy was already soaking up sun there so I did not have a guide for this part I just follow the railings.

Davey Jones
A young boy approached me and asked my name…
his was Dave or Jones the point is his nickname is davey jones. He refused to show me his locker. He asked me if I knew how to do a cartwheel. I said it had been a while and asked if he would do one. He asked why I was blindfolded and I told him it was part of a game.

At this point I was nearing the beach and kicked myself for not asking Davey Jones to be my guide. I did not want to walk across people quietly sitting(hence undetectable to me) at the beach and decided to call it a round. Besides I already had an idea of what the beach looked like from assisting Eddy and considered that cheating.


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posted by rongo rongo on June 15th, 2007 1:41 PM

The plant photos and shadow pic are particularly nice. Good job not falling over a cliff or down the stairs!

posted by Blue on June 15th, 2007 2:25 PM

Thank you…
I like not falling down cliffs!!!

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posted by anna one on June 16th, 2007 12:02 AM

that last photo is gold.
shiny gold.

posted by Blue on June 16th, 2007 12:03 AM

I took it myself…

posted by Lank on June 17th, 2007 2:28 PM

You look like the invisible man with the bandana over your face and the sunglasses... except YOU'RE not invisible... everyone ELSE is...

What makes you think…
posted by Blue on June 17th, 2007 4:10 PM

What makes you think I am not the invisible man?

posted by Tony Deifell on June 27th, 2007 8:02 PM

love that cartwheel... and i got butterflies looking at you on the edge of the cliff there. cool journey. did you do it with that group you mentioned?

BTW... did you see the slide show from when Sam and I took this task to Raleigh, NC? (make sure the audio is on)

Oh Snap!!!
posted by Blue on July 17th, 2007 9:54 AM

Back with avengeance!!!
I do not understand where all the love for this is coming but I have gotten three votes in the last 2 days.

Still think Lank's deserves the high score. But I will totally accept being tied for it.

posted by Lank on July 17th, 2007 2:33 PM

Sharing is caring!

Thats what I have heard!
posted by Blue on July 17th, 2007 2:38 PM


At last.
posted by Loki on October 6th, 2007 1:12 AM

My attempt at vote sharecropping for Lank has paid off. Now I can vote for your completion in good conscience.