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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.

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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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I had my fiance (nicknamed Goemon) drive me around while blindfolded to some random location. I wanted to see if I could figure out where I was. Driving blindfolded is very interesting. The car doesn't feel like it's moving until it turns. The noises...

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As part of our Hemsby tasking day, we decided to do a task we'd had our eye on for a while. The seeing beyond sight photo challenge! We don't know Hemsby as well as Great Yarmouth, so it seemed a perfect opportunity for using our other senses instea...

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Ever since the actual event on May 5th in San Francisco, I've been able to use my camera. However, that night it was still broken, the lens not opening as a result of sand from the beach stuck in its mechanism. "A group of artists, troublemake...

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I wished we'd been able to see these on Saturday!

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I met up with a group of people at a gallery in D.U.M.B.O., Brooklyn and ventured out with two girls to go on a blindfolded photography adventure.

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Hardest part of this task was trying to stay blind. I can walk fin blindfolded, but as soon as it was time to snap, I wanted to open my eyes so badly. At some point I just started snapping away without any direction. As a result I got some cool shots...

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a beach is my most favorite space so i was very peaceful being blindfolded here. I walked for half an hour blindfolded but easily could have continued for hours more..........unblindfolded i usually notice the sound and sight of waves crashing onshor...

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Two of the greatest blind hours of my life. Highlights: 1) Taking pictures of a pregnant woman's stomach in order to see the "baby" 2) Orion nearly getting his "eyes welted shut" after taking a picture of an unwilling subject 3) Getting stuck knee-...

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I wandered around my dorm for about 40 minutes, taking pictures of various things I found interesting. Because I still haven't learned to in-line pictures, my comments will be in captions on the pictures.

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PART ONE: First of all, I can't lie, I did this all wrong. Well, whatever that means... it's wrong in a really right way. Basically, I did not "go out in public" and make my way in the world. It's midnight in Oakland and I am a small white girl wond...

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