“Sight Unseen”, a photography exhibit currently on display at the University of California-Riverside’s Museum of Photography, brings together twelve of the world’s most accomplished blind photographers.
Above: Gerardo Nigenda, “Entre lo invisible y lo tangible, llegando a la homeostasis emocional”.
Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, the 42-year-old Nigenda calls his images “Fotos cruzados,” or “intersecting photographs.” As he shoots, he stays aware of sounds, memories, and other sensations. Then he uses a Braille writer to punch texts expressing those the things he felt directly into the photo.
The work invokes an elegant double blindness: Nigenda needs a sighted person to describe the photo, but the sighted rely on him to read the Braille. The title of this work translates roughly to: “Between the invisible and the tangible, reaching an emotional homeostasis.”