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Seeing Beyond Sight Photo Challenge by star5, Celina

March 31st, 2007 8:18 PM

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.

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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.

we did this in san francisco. star5 went blindfolded around the palace of fine arts. celina did it in the japanese tea garden.

star5 - it was fun listening to sounds, feeling things.. hearing people.. one guy said if she told me to jump, not to.. this was right in front of a little pond. she tried to walk me into trees a couple times. but overall it was fun. after a bit i got less self concious of taking pictures of people around me because i couldn't really see.. so it stopped mattering.

celina said it felt like she was dreaming after a while.

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star5 - ducks & pond
star5 - bird!
star5 - celina laughing at me
star5 - statue feet
star5 - shadows
star5 - neat weeds and stuff
star5 - people in blue
celina - fun textured plant
celina - star5's legs
celina - keep on path
celina - star5 making faces
celina - metal relief sign
celina - stone path
celina - stone sculpture

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posted by Blue on September 12th, 2007 10:05 AM

Excellent locations!
Come back and play with us!

the weeds are beautiful...
posted by Fonne Tayne on December 21st, 2007 1:43 PM

and i know those paths....