My name is Ted Tahquechi, and I am a legally blind photographer.
My love of photography began in 1986, shooting and developing black and white film in college. 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.
For years I have been working on an abstract body of work which focuses on the human form. In February 2017, the collection made its debut at Access Gallery in the Santa Fe Art District in Denver Colorado and has been exhibited several times in its debut year. You can see selected images from the collection and read the entire story at bodyscapes.photography I am currently conducting limited speaking engagements focusing on my photography, inspiration and vision loss. If you would like further information on my speaking engagements, please see the speaking section.
I love to work with charitable organizations. Each year I select different charities to focus my efforts on. In 2016, my year was dedicated to ALS and I worked with several organizations donating prints and time for fundraisers. In 2017, I worked with Heather’s Camp – a nonprofit organization out of Wichita Kansas which provides a summer camp experience for blind and visually impaired children. I attended the camps as a mentor and spoke to the children on several occasions about my life and experiences with vision loss. I also worked tirelessly on fundraisers for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Who knows what 2018 will bring…
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