A blind photographer with no sense of light in his eyes.
Above: A photo of me in hospital in 2009, just before losing my eyesight.
A cheeky, sneaky and swanky photographer lost eyesight in 2009 and lost the sense of light in June 2010. And had my eyes removed in 2013. After all, I am totally blind.
Though my photography became all about myself with self portrait (I am tagging them with the word "selftake") but since I went to California to learn to "see by hearing" with human echolocation, I started confronting new subjects and started taking photos.
I intended to learn about human echolocation as a part of blindness rehabilitation for perceptual mobility, to help reclaim "freedom" "independence" and "responsibility" but I would like take human echolocation one step further , by applying it to blind photography.
Most blind shooters with no sense of light seem to shoot subjects that make noise, but I am finding the distance and size of subjects by clicking my tongue and hearing the sound bouncing off from the subject.
Though there are not many of those photos I shot using human echolocation, there are more of them coming out.
Meanwhile, I shoot with sound, such as panning shots of vehicles and people candid shots by following the sounds they make.
Besides "selftake" which I take a photo of myself without any help, photos I took without help, or a little help, I add "hirosan's blind photography" in description. These photo can be found in the dedicated set called "hirosan's blind photography."
My current cameras that I shoot with:
Fujifilm Finepix X100S, the largest, retro-fitting compact camera on the market.
Besides APS-C sized sensor and fixed 35mm Fujinon lens, this compact camera features dedicated aperture rings, shutter speed dial and the exposure bias dials, which allow me to shoot manually even though I am totally blind.
Since most cameras on the market, including digital SLRs feature non-stop command dials with visual menus to control cameras, this camera is a rare model that allows me to shoot blind.
Ricoh Cameras - GX100, GR Digital and GR Digital IV:
The first model of Ricoh's GX series, including GXR, to feature a passive AF sensor for full-press focus. For a compact camera, it is rare to have such an AF sensor that works great for street snap.
Though there are successor of this camera, such as GX200 and GXR with Lens Unit S10, this GX100 is one of my favourite of Ricoh cameras with 24mm-72mm zoom lens.
This is my all-time favourite of all Ricoh cameras! The first generationn of GR Digital features the passive AF sensor for full-press SNAP focus, making it a perfect companion for street candid photography. Moreover, its wide angle, 28mm GR lens and a unique in-camera process with smooth engine software, it produces great blue in when sshooting in colour, great contrast and sharpness in black and white while retaining film-like grain when shooting at high ISO.
Since it came out on the market in 2005, I keep shooting with this camera, even when when I was losing my eyesight!
Ricoh GR Digital IV:
The salesperson I always buy my cameras from told me that the shiny white colour of the limited edition of GR Digital IV looks great with my white cane, I decided to replace my GR Digital II and GR Digital III with this white GR Digital IV.
The latest addition to my cameras, after trading other cameras I owned, including two Ricoh GXRs with all lens collection.
The latest GR Digital includes welcoming features of the passive AF sensor and smart software for auto exposure, while it retains GR Lens and SNAP focus which is very useful for street snaps and candid photography.
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Ryo Hirosawa (Blind Hirosan) (Song A Day #1644)
- Flickr Ideas 1 photo, 11,567 members
- Fuji X100 Enthusiasts 241,043 photos, 10,272 members
- OneWorld Airline Alliance 17,599 photos, 323 members
- Blind Photographers 10,420 photos, 396 members
- RICOH GXR loves JAPAN 24,107 photos, 548 members
- RICOH GR Digital III (GRD3) 72,037 photos, 3,334 members
- Flickr RICOH GXR 42,642 photos, 1,459 members
- Boeing 767F Freighter/Cargo Jets 1,768 photos, 265 members
- Boeing 747F Freighter/Cargo Jets 14,944 photos, 571 members
- Ricoh Project 42,921 photos, 954 members
- Ricoh Macros 3,479 photos, 230 members
- Aviation: At the Gate 10,237 photos, 301 members
- GPS 703 photos, 217 members
- Ricoh CX1 2,226 photos, 163 members
- Tokyo Exhibitions 2,290 photos, 856 members
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR 8,343 photos, 452 members
- EXR – The Extreme Super CCD 2,380 photos, 72 members
- Fuji F200EXR 426 photos, 30 members
- Japan Platform Photography 4,444 photos, 238 members
- にわかせんぺい NIWAKA SENPEI 7 photos, 4 members
- Heso Magazine Reader's Group 6,045 photos, 326 members
- Japanese Cell Phones 247 photos, 69 members
- Klugscheiss 40 photos, 25 members
- Artistic Shot 185,258 photos, 5,281 members
- Transportation 380,519 photos, 1,978 members
- Vancouver Aquarium 2,605 photos, 412 members
- No Photo Signs 518 photos, 174 members
- RICOH GX200 Users Group 10,417 photos, 443 members
- Ricoh GX200 21,942 photos, 943 members
- GX200 & TC-1(135mm) 137 photos, 32 members
- McDonald's Storefronts 15,541 photos, 1,213 members
- Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima / 原爆ドームの写真 1,165 photos, 396 members
- Global City Skylines 18,764 photos, 2,015 members
- National Railway Museum, York 17,656 photos, 1,123 members
- Rimowa Fan Club 311 photos, 167 members
- Congratulations On Editor's Pick 355 photos, 20 members
- [JR] Japan Rail 15,823 photos, 1,043 members
- Kyushu / Q-shu 13,430 photos, 571 members
- Edmonton Transit 2,784 photos, 154 members
- A For Alcoholica 4,627 photos, 132 members
- Stupidology 380 photos, 93 members
- QR Codes 1,120 photos, 430 members
- RICOH R8 3,718 photos, 208 members
- GOT HEINEKEN? 1,480 photos, 670 members
- QR Codes in the wild 1,994 photos, 718 members
- FujiFilm S100FS and other 'S' Series pictures 8,525 photos, 182 members
- Bygone British Buses Beyond Britain 2,691 photos, 212 members
- RICOH GR Digital Monochrome 58,484 photos, 2,168 members
- PANNING SHOTS ONLY 94,722 photos, 8,962 members
- Hiroshima Trams | 広島電鉄 489 photos, 53 members
"Hirosan always entertains with his shots. He is exhaustive in what he shoots. His tech savvy and curiousity leads to interesting dialogs and helped me choose the RIcoh R8. A great guy and contact on Flickr!
December 19th, 2008
"hirosan is a very fine fellow, friendly and interesting. And I have never met anyone who loves taking photos, and his cameras, so much! Enjoy your photography Ryo!"
May 19th, 2008
sɐanosaurus [ショーンオザウルス] says:
"Ryo has a very unique way of documenting life through his photos. With his extensive collection of cameras and knowledge of photography he records daily life almost religiously. I can't imagine him without a camera in hand or at the ready. He's a great friend and one of the most generous guys I know. I look forward to more meetings in Japan and LA! Pretty much."
May 7th, 2008
In Memory of Maureen says:
"I came across Ryo's photostream through another contact of mine, Kevin (slworking) and found it very interesting. I like the manner of this photostream, the way he takes pictures of his daily life and the things he comes across and shares them. He also has many amazing pictures with interesting perspectives. Ryo also has a great sense of humor, I'm glad to be getting to know him through his photos!"
March 31st, 2008
"Hirosan is a great guy with a cheeky sense of humour and a talent for finding photo opportunities everywhere. He has more cameras and gadgets than anyone I have met before, and hanging out while he tricks them out is a bunch of fun!"
May 28th, 2007
"Ryo is a very nice fellow with a lovely obsession for photography :), I really have never seen someone taking so many pictures! But you know what, keep doing it because I really admire your dedication and passion about it!
Kudos to you hirosan!"
October 9th, 2006
- Ryo Hirosawa
- January 2006
- Fukuoka, Japan
- I am:
- Male and Single
- Retired. Living with disability pension
- blind hirosan's hirosanblog!
- ryo.hirosawa [at] gmail.com