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„Shot in the Dark“ – A Documentary with Blind Photographers

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We talked to Berlin-based producer Frank Amann about how his newly released documentary film “Shot in the Dark” developed out of coincidental meetings with blind and visually impaired photographers and his fascination with their works. The result is an intimate portrait of three remarkable artists. The following text is translated from German and based on a telephone conversation and my research, therefore most of Frank’s answers are rephrased.

What inspired you to make a film about blind photographers?

“Shot in the Dark” is my first work as a director, I’m first and foremost a camera man. About six years ago I worked on the Spanish Basque Film “Camera Obscura”. The film is a coming of age story about a blind girl, who is overly protected by her parents and tries to find her place in a very visual teenage world. I wanted to portrayal her point of view through filming…

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Interview with visually impaired photographer Chelsea Stark

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Tell us something about your self and why you are passionate about photography.

My name is Chelsea Stark and I am a 36-year-old visually impaired woman. I started taking photos when I was about 12. I found that it was a great way for me to see the world around me. And I really enjoyed it. Over the years I have had several kinds of cameras. The two cameras I really enjoyed using so far are my IPhone 6 and my Sony a 6000.

 

How did you and do you learn to take good photos?

I have not taken any formal classes or training. All I know comes from practice, practice, practice. I tend to take a picture when I see something that interests me, or something I want to see up close. And sometimes just that little act of wanting to know what’s around me helps me to get…

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Myfirst canvas print.

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Here is a picture of me holding my first canvas print. The image is titled Hidden fall.  This is a Mother’s Day/birthday gift for my mom.  I would like to  thank Robert Park and the staff and Nevada or Printers for helping me get this Mother’s Day gift done so quickly. I can’t wait to seep the look on her face when she gets it.

The Great white throne” ,Zion National Park,

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Here is my first attempt at photographing
The Great White Throne located in Zion National Park ,Utah.
The Great White Throne is a highlight of Zion National Park, itself a world-class showplace of sandstone. The whole edifice consists of the Navajo Sandstone, one of the world’s largest sandstone bodies. One of the striking things about the Great White Throne is that while its top is white, its base is red. I hope you enjoy this image is much as I do.

Baby Great Gray Owls in Grand Teton National Park

IMG_0461Owlets begin growing their primary feathers (main, adult feathers) at 3 weeks of age. They have light yellow eyes with blue pupils. Less brooding is necessary and they are very active about the nest. Owlets learn to eject excrement (body waste) over the side of the nest but sometimes fall due to their clumsiness. About this time the owlets begin using a defensive display when disturbed. They raise their feathers, fan their wings downward, and hiss or snap their bill. After 5-6 weeks, the female coaxes the owlets out of the nest by offering food from a nearby branch. At about 9-10 weeks old the owlets first flight out of the nest to the ground. They quickly scramble up a tree to get away from ground level predators. If approached by a predator, they assume a hiding pose by sitting still and erect against t he side of the tree. If this pose fails they present the defensive display. IMG_0461 become irregular but the young owlets remain with the female and beg for food until September or October. DGrand Tetons national Parkuring mid-June, the young owlets use their inborn instinct to attack prey. Young owls leave their parent’s home range in autumn, when they are fully independent and can find their own hunting territory. When a member of the pair dies, the survivor remains in the home territory until another mate arrives. Owls defend their territories from other owls. Defense occurs during breeding times. It lasts from 1 month before breeding until the young owlets leave the parental territory. Adults may wander across territory lines for a short time before the next breeding season begins. They frequently allow other types of birds such as hawks to live in their territory. Owls with large territories frequently spend each season in a different part of their territory. Owls use specific areas of their territory for nesting and roostingIMG_0460. Some birds use certain trees so regularly that observers can predict in which trees they will find the owl in during a specific season. During the winter and fall, owls prefer evergreen roost trees since they provide daytime cover. When these are not available, owls will adapt to any place that provides as much concealment as possible during daylight hours. They seem to prefer to roost in isolated trees in small forest openings. Grand Teton National Park is a United States National Park in northwestern Wyoming. At approximately 310,000 acres, the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile- Grand Tetons national park long Teton Range These images were taken in Grand Tetons national park.

Happy Fourth of July to all hope you have a great weekend.Here are some factss about Independence Day more commonly known as 4 July.

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 Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as Fourth of Julyor July Fourth in the USA, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was the date the United States formally declared it’s independence from Great Britain in order to achieve freedom from British rule. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of…

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My attempt at pinhole photography

IMG_0439Over the years I have used several different kinds of cameras. One was a pinhole camera. Even though I believe I got a few great shots. That style of camera just was not me.Here are three images from the pinhole camera. Emerald Springs   Here is a little bit on what a pinhole camera is. A pinhole camera, a variation of Camera obscura, is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture, a pinhole – effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. Exposures can typically range from five seconds up to as much as several hours. The effect was noted in the 5th century BC in China and has been refined over the centuries.The camera is completely dark on all the other sides of the box including the side where the point is created. This part is usually painted black, but black boxes are also used for this purpose. There is also a thin screen which looks like a projector sheet, and is put in between the IMG_0440IMG_0441dark side adjacent to the pinhole. Up to a certain point, the smaller the hole, the sharper the image, but the dimmer the projected image. Optimally, the size of the aperture should be 1/100 or less of the distance between it and the projected image. Because a pinhole camera requires a lengthy exposure, its shutter may be manually operated, as with a flap made of light-proof material to cover and uncover the pinhole. Typical exposures range from five seconds to several hours. A common use of the pinhole camera is to capture the movement of the sun over a long period of time. This type of photography is called solargraphy.