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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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Seeing Beyond Sight Photo Challenge by Alex January 28th, 2017 12:06 AM


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Seeing Beyond Sight Photo Challenge by teucer November 16th, 2007 5:22 PM

I went to visit my good friend Agent Fourteen. The buildings we live in connect, so I didn't need to put on a coat to get there - which is why I put it on my head instead. Then I photographed my head. (Story continued in the captions.)

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Today, myself, Mr. T, Flowen, and Doctor Frankenollie spent some time doing this task. After a slight mishap with Mr.Ts try, I did mine.

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Julia and I decided to help each other out with this task, with her making sure I didn't get killed, and vice-versa. We carried out my portion first, starting at the corner of Idaho and 8th Street, which is typically crowded due to a high volume of r...

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Props for venturing out alone - but why the glasses over the blindfold?

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I didn't want to take the blindfold off...

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We travelled in a big group, at night, and on a Friday. Here's Orion and Ian with their eyes taped shut behind those shades: Walking down the hill on Steiner from Page to Haight was an adventure in getting my bearings, and then I (literally) ran int...

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Wow. This was pretty awesome. I did this at night, so I was more than a bit frightened. I walked around my property and surprisingly did not injure myself. The pic is of the bag I put over my head. >:3 Walking around in the snow not knowing where...

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