Photos from beyond the blindfolds

December 10, 2007|By SAM SESSA

With blindfolds over their eyes and cameras in their hands, several dozen people fanned out around Federal Hill on Saturday with a guide and a mission to document their surroundings.

Their unusual assignment was part of Seeing Beyond Sight, a series of workshops held at the American Visionary Art Museum this weekend. The host, Tony Deifell, taught photography to blind students and documented the process in a book that hit shelves this year. Since then, Deifell has traveled to several states to share the experience with the sighted.

Here are some of the best and worst images taken by the blindfolded photographers, along with their thoughts about the experience. More photos from the Baltimore workshop and previous seminars can be found at flickr.com/groups/seeingbeyondsight.

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