My name is Ted Tahquechi, and I am a legally blind photographer.
My love of photography began in 1986, when I started shooting and developing black and white film. I spent the better part of my career working in a very visually challenging world as a video game producer.
After a terrible car accident in 1999, I was left with no vision in my right eye and only 5% remaining vision in my left. For a brief time after the accident, I did not work on my art. I truly believe that the day I took the camera out again changed my life. With my visual limitation, I have almost no distance sight, and things get very blurry at about a foot away. Starting slow, I used the camera at family gatherings to capture moments I could not see. My camera has now became a tool I use to later see on my computer monitor what I miss as I walk through life.
It was not until very recently that I have taken the camera outdoors and started shooting landscapes. I find this an extremely challenging prospect as my vision creates a potentially dangerous situation when trying to find a spot to photograph. Outdoors there is no control over the light on your scene and I have a hard time telling what type of light is going on in the distance on a landscape. Often the only feedback I have when I click the shutter, is the tiny screen on the back of the camera, which is very difficult for me to see.
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