I use a Nikon to take my pictures. I use the live view to compose the pictures since I cannot see through the viewfinder. ~Chelsea Stark
The last couple of weeks have been so incredibly illuminating to me and it began two Fridays ago when I was on a conference call with other blind and vision impaired people. Though I wasn’t able to verbalize my thoughts (due to technical difficulties) I enjoyed listening to the perspectives of the other speakers.
Attending meetings, conference calls, and connecting with people from all over the world, I continue to be in awe of how those of us who are blind or vision impaired speak a universal language of change. Regardless of culture, values, status, or similar terminology that would set us apart, we are unified in desiring to be perceived and accepted based on who we are and not by our physical limitations.
The young woman I am pleased to feature today takes some of the most breathtaking photographs. Even with or in spite of my limited vision I really appreciate beauty in all forms and when I saw the photos Chelsea provided for this post I was so overcome with emotion I cannot put it into words.
Chelsea Stark, who was born with optic nerve damage, has tunnel vision and can only see approximately two feet in front of her. According to www.healthgrades.com “a number of diseases, disorders and conditions originating most often in the eye and the nervous system can lead to optic nerve damage.” When a person has any kind of optic nerve damage say, from, Glaucoma (one of my eye diseases) it can cause vision loss, distortion or blindness. Glaucoma for example, left untreated affects peripheral vision which can lead to tunnel vision.
The subjects Chelsea likes most to photograph are animals, flowers and sometimes scenery. As an Apple guru, once she has taken her pictures she uses the accessibility tools on her Mac such as speech, screen enlargement and oversized mouse pointer to make any necessary adjustments.
Since my field of vision is so narrow and I don’t relate to wide vistas, I photograph close up intimate subjects ~Chelsea Stark
Chelsea says she gets her inspiration from her mentor and loving fiancé, Robert Park. She adds that the more pictures of his she sees the more inspired she becomes, and it is her hope that one day her pictures will be as good as his. I haven’t seen Robert’s pictures but the pictures that I’ve seen of Chelsea’s are stunning. Speaking of which you can see more of her photos on her blog and Pinterest (links are at the bottom of the post).
I mentioned that Chelsea is an Apple guru and in addition to her personal blog she runs both a blog and Facebook group called iPhone and iPad Apps for the Blind And Visually Impaired. If that weren’t enough she also created another blog that highlights blind and vision impaired people from all around the world. As a matter of fact as I was going through this blog I found a friend of mine who Chelsea featured earlier in July.
I’ve said it before and it bears repeating, sometimes things aren’t always as they appear and for us as a society to become more humane we must reserve judgment on our fellow humans. All of us have some “weakness” (visible or invisible) but these purported “weaknesses” just may be our “strength” and Chelsea’s beautiful photography is proof that she has an extraordinary gift that is not the result of weakness.
Chelsea, you my dear are the definition of a Bold Blind Beauty and I thank you for allowing me the honor of featuring you.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Victor Frankl
Personal blog chelseastarkcom.blogspot.com
iPhone and iPad Apps for the Blind And Visually Impaired Blog iphoneandipadappsfortheblind.blogspot.com
Facebook group iPhone and iPad Apps for the Blind And Visually Impaired www.facebook.com/groups
The History of Apple iPhones thehistoryofappleiphones.blogspot.com
Blind All Around the World blindallaroundtheworld.blogspot.com