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Rays-of-Hope

Special Artistic Merit

From my earliest memories I have loved photography. 14 years ago I went to see my eye doctor because my photographs were ‘blurry’ and I did not know why. I was diagnosed with RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa. I am legally blind, with less than 7 degrees peripheral vision.
Dealing with RP and its progression has made me want to capture more and more of the beauty around me, before I can no longer “see”.
Now with the wonderful world of digital, I can capture, edit and enjoy these moments much more quickly and efficiently than film camera work.
Being a visually impaired photographer I also find solace while capturing the beauty that surrounds us. When I am out in the field, I let the world slide away and my camera takes me to a place where I feel whole and invigorated. I feel that looking at and appreciating nature has a very calming effect and positive healing vibes. I hope others also find healing and solace through my work.

By Chris Contreras

Age: 50
Disease: Retinitus Pigmentosa
Submissions: 16
Date: February 21, 2013
City: Streeter
State: North Dakota