Legally blind photographer Angela Geis shares gift
September 22, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Photography is a visual art that often requires strong eye focus, but for photographers who are legally blind, like Angela Geis, it's a unique gift.
She chooses black and white photography of cemeteries and bleak landscapes not for depth, history and emotions, but because they're more artistic.
"It was amazing how people took time back in the day to spend time on the architectural," said Geis."It is just easier for me to take still-life things and it's always been an interest of mine."
Angela Geis has been taking pictures since she was a child.
"Then it wasn't until I took an Art of Psychology at NEU and part of the course work was to contact a professional artist in a field of our interest and so, sense photography kind of interests me."
Born legally blind, Angela's vision changed as she got older.
"At the age of 18 I developed glaucoma and then in the past 10 years, I have developed detached retinas, detached cornea graph. They said I shouldn't have any vision at all at this time, but I do," said Geis. "I can see shapes and colors, and it depends on the time of day. I deal with a failed cornea right now. So, some days, I really blurry and cloudy some days, I am not."
Angela finds black and white photography easier.
"Because of my vision it is easier for me to only see two colors, meaning black and white with a high contrast," she said.
Her work has been selected for different shows, but it was the passionate focus show that encouraged her to showcase her work.
"I never had thought of doing photography professionally before and so they talked me into submitting some of my artwork, and a jury committee from the Art Institute picked three of my photographs, and all three sold at the show," said Geis.
Angela's photos are her way of seeing beyond her disability.
All of Angela's photographs are for sale.
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