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, 11,373 members
- Fuji X100 Enthusiasts 264,826 photos, 10,771 members
- OneWorld Airline Alliance 22,684 photos, 365 members
- Blind Photographers 11,157 photos, 414 members
- RICOH GXR loves JAPAN 22,974 photos, 570 members
- RICOH GR Digital III (GRD3) 72,190 photos, 3,412 members
- Flickr RICOH GXR 44,112 photos, 1,501 members
- Boeing 767F Freighter/Cargo Jets 2,434 photos, 344 members
- Boeing 747F Freighter/Cargo Jets 20,052 photos, 708 members
- Ricoh Project 46,358 photos, 1,023 members
- Ricoh Macros 3,763 photos, 252 members
- Aviation: At the Gate 13,963 photos, 360 members
- GPS 714 photos, 209 members
- Ricoh CX1 2,110 photos, 162 members
- Tokyo Exhibitions 2,451 photos, 847 members
- Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR 8,361 photos, 451 members
- EXR – The Extreme Super CCD 2,784 photos, 77 members
- Fuji F200EXR 425 photos, 29 members
- Japan Platform Photography 6,078 photos, 264 members
- にわかせんぺい NIWAKA SENPEI 7 photos, 4 members
- Heso Magazine Reader's Group 6,604 photos, 352 members
- Japanese Cell Phones 248 photos, 70 members
- Klugscheiss 38 photos, 27 members
- Artistic Shot 213,066 photos, 5,434 members
- Transportation 533,447 photos, 2,424 members
- Vancouver Aquarium 2,623 photos, 423 members
- No Photo Signs 525 photos, 171 members
- RICOH GX200 Users Group 10,560 photos, 444 members
- Ricoh GX200 22,101 photos, 942 members
- GX200 & TC-1(135mm) 142 photos, 35 members
- McDonald's Storefronts 16,414 photos, 1,222 members
- Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima / 原爆ドームの写真 1,146 photos, 402 members
- Global City Skylines 21,646 photos, 2,237 members
- National Railway Museum, York 20,333 photos, 1,228 members
- Rimowa Fan Club 303 photos, 172 members
- Congratulations On Editor's Pick 356 photos, 19 members
- [JR] Japan Rail 20,633 photos, 1,197 members
- Kyushu / Q-shu 15,668 photos, 599 members
- Edmonton Transit 2,811 photos, 165 members
- A For Alcoholica 4,813 photos, 130 members
- Stupidology 348 photos, 92 members
- QR Codes 1,146 photos, 426 members
- RICOH R8 3,677 photos, 206 members
- GOT HEINEKEN? 1,480 photos, 666 members
- QR Codes in the wild 1,997 photos, 718 members
- FujiFilm S100FS and other 'S' Series pictures 8,272 photos, 184 members
- Bygone British Buses Beyond Britain 2,878 photos, 223 members
- RICOH GR Digital Monochrome 66,429 photos, 2,343 members
- PANNING SHOTS ONLY 104,355 photos, 9,224 members
- Hiroshima Trams | 広島電鉄 550 photos, 60 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