Artwork Description: Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace shows a a few lines f Braille text with Braille tools resting on a desk. Strong shadows from venetian blinds slant across the paper.
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. 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. .The text embossed on the page is a portion of one verse from the hymn "Amazing Grace" that had become more meaningful to me:
"I once was lost, but now am found
Was blind but now I see."
A special effort was made to emboss the Braille lines in a visually effective manner. A fully sighted person with knowledge of Braille may read portions of the text from the image. I made several images of this Braille text in different compositions which were submitted to the selection committee.
Eventually the photo committee chose another image; a hand reading Braile , and a watch image for display in the main hallway. Additionally, a senior staff member chose to display this image and another like it in the Braille library.
Amazing Grace was created on Velvia transparency film in a 4x5 inch Zone VI camera mounted with a 210mm/f-5.6 Fujinon lens. on the transparency. The transparency has been digitally scanned and is presented here as an archival ink-jet print.
8x10 $175 Matted
11x14 $275 Matted
16x20 $400 ships Rolled