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  • - Light is very powerful for me.

  • Yet, it's also something that I'm desperate to hold onto.

  • It's going, ya know, the lights are going out.

  • So I'm struggling to hold onto the light.

  • I was in art school in '79, and the eye doctor said,

  • "Mr. Erra, you have an eye disease.

  • "You will be blind in 20 years."

  • And I said, "what?"

  • You're telling me this bad news,

  • I'm gonna make the best art I can ever make.

  • God dammit, you know, I'm gonna do it.

  • I see very bright lights, and I can't see dim light at all.

  • I've never seen a star in my whole life.

  • For example, I was looking at that view towards Manhattan.

  • What I see is a very small area,

  • maybe about half the size of my thumb,

  • and all around that it's not black,

  • it's not white, it's not grey, it just doesn't exist.

  • That's how I see everything else is just nonexistence.

  • There are a number of visually impaired visual artists now

  • and we do have a facet in the art world.

  • (mystical upbeat music plays)

  • Light painting is a process where you use your mind

  • as much as your eyes.

  • It's very long time exposure made in

  • a darkened room with a flashlight.

  • The person will be there and I will turn off the lights,

  • and wherever I don't paint with the flashlight,

  • it'll be black in the picture.

  • The fear I have about blindness is very strong.

  • It's the feeling that

  • my life will not be worthwhile if I can't see.

  • But, as a totally blind person,

  • I will still be able to do the light painting.

  • So, it is a comfort to know that my work is strong, uh,

  • even though maybe in the future I won't be able to see it.

- Light is very powerful for me.

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Losing His Sight, This Photographer Chases the Light

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    許大善 posted on 2019/09/28
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