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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 decided to go to my friend's birthday party blindfolded. It was at 8:00 in the morning, and the plan was that they were going to wake her up, blindfold her, and take her somewhere. I wasn't quite sure where we were going, but I drove over to ...

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My digital photography class used this is an in-class project. We were told to go out, blindfold ourselves, take a partner to steer, and take photos on campus of what we heard and experienced. The campus has construction going on so it was kind of...

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I've intended to do this for a while; and yesterday I was with a few friends, about to go out to lunch, and we started talking about Blindekuh (, a German restaurant which serves the customers in complete ...

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This is by far the most amazing, and enlightening tasks I have done thus far. I now feel very fortunate that i have the ability to see, and I now know what it feels like to be lost in the dark. Sat, April 21, 2007 4:05-9:07 P.M. I posted a good chun...

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Seeing Beyond Sight Photo Challenge by cody October 21st, 2010 7:26 PM

The plan was to take a walk around the block. I had a tie as a blindfold, and was holding the back of my brother's shirt as he tried in vain to bump me into as many things as possible. I found my way to one of my neighbor's houses (We haven't cut t...

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Seeing Beyond Sight Photo Challenge by Wurm August 16th, 2007 10:41 PM

I started my journey in my back yard. I thought that I would have to find my own way out of my back gate and into the grass alley (that I have never been down) on my own. I was delighted that my neighbors dog came to the rescue and run up and do...

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Six of us set out to see beyond sight on a Friday evening, in the Castro district. We brought a blindfold, a camera for the seer-beyond-sight, and another camera to document the seeing-beyond-sight. We each took turns leading the blindfolded seer ...

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you guys did this for a class? my school sucked!

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I arrived at the start point fairly late, hope I will still have time to participate and have some fun. That's the thing with these Events. You don't get THAT much information, so you have no idea what you are in store for. I didn't have a partner. ...

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I went out on Friday night to do this task with the group of other dudes who've already submitted this task. Sorry I'm a little late uploading it. Being blind was interesting. At first it was sort of scary and I didn't want to let go of Ian's arm, b...

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