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Tasks / Seeing Beyond Sight Photo Challenge

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.

1 to 10 players
30 points
Level 0
Created by Tony Deifell

Terms: shplank, everyoneshouldsee, returnoftherevengetwoelectricboogaloo

61 completed :: 162 in progress
Interested in collaborating on this: (no one yet!)


2min slideshow - SBS Photo Challenge Raleigh, NC
posted by Tony Deifell on June 27th, 2007 8:07 PM

Sam Lavigne and I took the Seeing Beyond Sight Photo Challenge to Raleigh, NC for an arts festival and 160 people did it!

Check it out (only 2 minutes) and make sure the audio is on b/c it has great comments by people.

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posted by teucer on July 23rd, 2009 8:01 PM

Say, Tony, is Raleigh where you live?

If so - want to task together sometime?

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posted by Sean Mahan on July 23rd, 2009 3:05 PM

Tony gave a talk at Google about the experiences behind the book, task, &c, which you watch on YouTube.


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So I started with a simple blindfold. My husband was my chaperone. He kept me safe. The first thing I noticed was that different areas caused different sounds to me. I was also very aware of sunlight on me. Feeling things was great. My mind...

30 + 35 points :: 4 comments :: 7 votes :: 2 collaborators

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.. t...

30 + 35 points :: 2 comments :: 7 votes :: 2 collaborators

The photos are great but it'd be nice to hear your story!

30 + 35 points :: 1 comment :: 7 votes

The history of life is the history of its being endangered, the endangering of life by life, as much as it is the development and strengthening of life through danger. We can describe human history equally well as a long development or as a long dise...

30 + 30 points :: 7 comments :: 6 votes

The Blind Date Soup and Salad Beyond Sight. The sequined, feathered, topless, and ambigiously gendered surround us. No better night to slip under the raidar as we walk into the Mission district ghetto night wearing blindfolds and bearing wallet and ...

30 + 30 points :: 8 comments :: 6 votes :: 2 collaborators

As far as I can tell, I am the first to post a proof from the recent SF event. And let me say...HOLY CRAP IT WAS GREAT! I paired up with lowteck who had already done the task himself, but I beleive may have shown up for no other reason than to shake...

30 + 30 points :: 9 comments :: 6 votes

I spent a total of about two hours blindfolded, first walking on a path, then in Bette's Ocean View Diner in Berkeley, and finally sitting on a bench on Fourth Street because I was tired of walking. The outdoor experiences were relaxing and enjoyable...

30 + 30 points :: 0 comments :: 6 votes

Blind Photography in Phnom Penh. I needed a bit of help with this one. I have been travelling for the last 9 months, and have taken the blindfolded challenge twice, in Thailand and Cambodia. My experience in a market in Phnom Penh was the more inte...

30 + 25 points :: 0 comments :: 5 votes

When I started out, I was very disoriented and unsettled, and jumped every few steps at the uneven ground, constantly tugging at my blindfold. However, as I continued to walk, I became less fixated on what I wasn't seeing and more on what I was heari...

30 + 22 points :: 3 comments :: 5 votes

This was a fun one. I took 18 photos in all; presented here are the 3 I remember taking most vividly, plus 1 to show you how I looked to the other park visitors.

30 + 21 points :: 2 comments :: 5 votes
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