A blind art photographer tells her story: Part 1 Nadine introduces herself
We came across Nadine Alexander-Meißinger by chance on Facebook while looking for blind photographers and asked her to contribute a few posts to our blog. Although blind and visually impaired people are gradually recognized and accepted as free time photographers, only a minority of them seems to turn their hobby into a successful business. Nadine decided to take this step and we want to know how she realizes her dream and what successes and obstacles she encounters along the way. Additionally, we look forward to reading about her experiences with various camera types.
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This is Nadine’s first post (translated from German):
Hello to everyone interested in photography out there!
I got to know about this project through Tina. As a self employed blind photographer with an online shop, I hope to contribute some useful information and tips for other blind people interested in photography to this blog.
I was born in Berlin in 1982 and became blind due to a disease in 1994. Initially, I wrote poems, but unfortunately at some point I lost access to my creativity until I met my husband in 2011.
Since photography is one of his hobbies and part of his profession, he encouraged me to take his camera to try it out for myself as soon as he noticed my interest in photography. Of course a long phase of trying and experimenting followed; and believe me sometimes it was very frustrating too. I tried to take pictures of many different motives, but mainly close up views of flowers and other plants. Plants provide great opportunities to practice focusing and capturing a motive to beginners.
In the beginning, my harsh self-criticism was an obstacle in itself. However, my husband always supported and encouraged me to keep exploring.
I took pictures, we looked at them and he described them to me; colours, captured motives, clearness and blurredness. I’ll always be grateful to him for telling me honestly what he thinks. We’re still working like that today.
Over time I widened the range of my motives. Since I work with a digital reflex camera I also use the various settings and possibilities this camera has to offer. Today my motives include not only landscapes and animals, but also architecture, portraits and art photography. That’s not as highbrow as it sounds. A lot of the things I know today I simply found out by trying or searching on the internet.
Before I got my reflex camera I used various types of cameras. In future posts I want to share my experiences about the advantages and disadvantages of all those different models for blind photographers. In my opinion especially phone cameras often prevent us from capturing motives precisely as we want them to appear, because the camera chooses all settings automatically, thus limiting the choice of the photographer. I hope some of you will take away something useful for your own work after reading my posts.