Blind photographer reveals how she takes her stunning photos
- Credit: Soft of Sight Photography (Rachael Andrews)
A photographer from Norwich who lost her sight in her 20s has been proving her disability is not a limit to her creativity.
Rachael Andrews began using photography as a tool to keep an eye on her pet rats after losing her sight.
But soon taking pictures moved from practicality to creativity and a new hobby was born.
“At the age of 21 I became blind in one eye," said Mrs Andrews.
"Everything was OK for a couple of years as I had my remaining eye but then I began to lose vision in that one as well.
"That meant I lost my job as a bingo cashier and later had to stop working as a DJ.
“A year later I was given a digital camera which I used as a tool to keep an eye on my rats and to also look at things like food labels.
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"But after three or four years I found I liked it was an artistic thing even though I had no remote interest in photography before."
The 49-year-old has myopic macular degeneration which caused her sight to deteriorate - leaving her with only limited peripheral vision.
To create her photos the Thorpe St Andrew creative uses a technique called focus peaking where a bright light flashes that tells Mrs Andrews the subject is in focus.
"I can't see the subject when I'm taking the photo other than a smear of colour.
"I'll take about 50 shots at a time then blow them up on my computer and I have to move my eyes around the screen to get a sense of the bigger picture, which I never get to see."
Mrs Andrews, who shares her work under the name Soft of Sight Photography, was the driving force for the creation of a photography group for visually-impaired people.
The organisation has since been helped others explore the hobby for over a decade.
She added: "I hope my photography inspires people and makes others realise that life is not over when you have a visual impairment and that people who have lost their sight can still be creative."