Directed Research Study 1


At the beginning of the fall 2014 semester I began exploring the tension between a photograph as a visual object and those who cannot see to experience it visually. This exploration was sparked by the photograph below of Helen Keller meeting Charlie Chaplin. Their meeting fascinated me because she could never experience his work since it was visually based. I started to consider all the ways that our culture leans on the sense of sight to communicate and that lead me to consider my own profession as one that the blind cannot experience. Photographs communicate visually and cannot be felt to be understood. I started exploring some of these ideas by placing braille into a photograph so it would create tension since the purpose of it is to be felt and yet it couldn’t be.

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