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, 11,577 members
- Fuji X100 Enthusiasts 238,571 photos, 10,238 members
- OneWorld Airline Alliance 17,257 photos, 322 members
- Blind Photographers 10,418 photos, 396 members
- RICOH GXR loves JAPAN 24,017 photos, 547 members
- RICOH GR Digital III (GRD3) 72,334 photos, 3,334 members
- Flickr RICOH GXR 42,607 photos, 1,456 members
- Boeing 767F Freighter/Cargo Jets 1,733 photos, 255 members
- Boeing 747F Freighter/Cargo Jets 14,594 photos, 561 members
- Ricoh Project 42,491 photos, 954 members
- Ricoh Macros 3,477 photos, 230 members
- Aviation: At the Gate 10,005 photos, 298 members
- GPS 704 photos, 218 members
- Ricoh CX1 2,226 photos, 164 members
- Tokyo Exhibitions 2,280 photos, 855 members
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR 8,344 photos, 452 members
- EXR – The Extreme Super CCD 2,365 photos, 72 members
- Fuji F200EXR 426 photos, 30 members
- Japan Platform Photography 4,405 photos, 236 members
- にわかせんぺい NIWAKA SENPEI 7 photos, 4 members
- Heso Magazine Reader's Group 6,073 photos, 324 members
- Japanese Cell Phones 247 photos, 69 members
- Klugscheiss 40 photos, 25 members
- Artistic Shot 182,921 photos, 5,274 members
- Transportation 369,431 photos, 1,951 members
- Vancouver Aquarium 2,623 photos, 411 members
- No Photo Signs 514 photos, 175 members
- RICOH GX200 Users Group 10,409 photos, 443 members
- Ricoh GX200 21,935 photos, 944 members
- GX200 & TC-1(135mm) 136 photos, 32 members
- McDonald's Storefronts 15,415 photos, 1,213 members
- Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima / 原爆ドームの写真 1,165 photos, 395 members
- Global City Skylines 18,537 photos, 1,994 members
- National Railway Museum, York 17,570 photos, 1,112 members
- Rimowa Fan Club 311 photos, 167 members
- Congratulations On Editor's Pick 355 photos, 20 members
- [JR] Japan Rail 15,521 photos, 1,030 members
- Kyushu / Q-shu 13,303 photos, 567 members
- Edmonton Transit 2,782 photos, 154 members
- A For Alcoholica 4,622 photos, 132 members
- Stupidology 377 photos, 93 members
- QR Codes 1,118 photos, 430 members
- RICOH R8 3,718 photos, 207 members
- GOT HEINEKEN? 1,478 photos, 672 members
- QR Codes in the wild 1,994 photos, 720 members
- FujiFilm S100FS and other 'S' Series pictures 8,523 photos, 181 members
- Bygone British Buses Beyond Britain 2,684 photos, 211 members
- RICOH GR Digital Monochrome 57,818 photos, 2,163 members
- PANNING SHOTS ONLY 93,855 photos, 8,931 members
- Hiroshima Trams | 広島電鉄 488 photos, 50 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