From 3rd Dec to 7th Dec, photoes taken by blind people were exhibited in “Art 8”, a quadrangle block in Beijing. These photoes were taken by visually impaired tibetans and 2 visually impaired “nonvisual photography” trainers from One Plus One (Beijing) Disabled Persons’ Cultural Development Centre. Many people including NGO staff, journalists, students, artists came to the exhibition, paid highly interest and respect to it.
From 12th to 20th Dec, with the support from French Embassy, Handicap International and Tibetan Blind Association, trainers from One Plus One (Beijing) Disabled Persons’ Cultural Development Centre went to Tibet and gave nonvisual photography trainings to 9 visually impaired Tibetans. During the training, the trainees got to know camera and skills to take photoes without eye sight, what we called “nonvisual photography”. After the training, every of them had taken a lot of photoes, what they were dreaming to take. With the help of their volunteers, they selected several pictures for the exhibition.
Ciren Zhaxi is one of the trainees, one of his photo was taken by him using hearing, it was named “pigeons on Potala square”.
Deqing Yuzhen loves to touch, when touched a beautiful flower, she quickly took a photo.
Killa uses photo to tell the visitors that although she couldn’t see, she can take photoes.
Qiangba Jiacuo took a photo of a pipe of trash behind a beautiful post. He wanted everyone to love the environment no matter whether the trash can be seen or not.
Sun He, the organizer from Handicap International, said:”The exhibition is very successful, trainees from Tibet uses photoes to express what they want to say to the others. These photoes will be exhibited later in other places”.
One Plus One (Beijing) Disabled Persons’ Cultural Development Centre has given many rounds of trainings to students in blind schools, universities and from the society. It has also held several exhibitions with different partners. Many photoes taken by the visually impaired empressed the visitors a lot. Xie Yan, director of One Plus One said that he would like to give more trainings to more visually impaired people, and hope by this way, the society can understand the blind more.