Artwork Description: Hands of Time
Hands of Time shows fingers touching the face of a tactile pocket watch. This image evolved while I was training in blind skills at Chris Cole Rehabilitation Center in Austin, Texas. Trainees were asked to contribute photos of our experience at CCRC. They wanted pictures demonstrating competence in core blind skills. The photos were reproduced as poster sized prints and displayed on the walls of The Center. The photos that were being put up seemed to be snap-shots of a happy blind person flipping a hamburger or self consciously crossing the street. While this is valid imagery that demonstrates the mission at CCRC, I wanted to go deeper.
Core blindness skills are Braille, mobility, computer competence and life skills. Reading a tactile watch is one of these life-skills. All training is conducted while blindfolded and in the dark. Mastery of these skills allows a blind person to regain the freedom of action that fully sighted people take for granted.
I made several images of a hand reading a passage of Braille text, and several of this watch. They were submitted to the selection committee. Eventually the photo committee chose an image of a hand reading Braille and this watch image for display in the main hallway. A senior staff member chose to display this image and another like it in the Braille library as well.
Hands of Time was created on Velvia 100 sheet film in a 4x5 inch Zone VI view camera mounted with a 150mm/f-5.6 Fujinon lens. This is a macro image, being life size (1:1 ratio) on the transparency. The transparency has been digitally scanned and is presented here as an archival ink-jet print.
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