“Blind Vision”

In this series of self portraits I represent the physical, psychological and emotional weight that sight loss has had on my life.

The focus of this work is not only to illustrate physical vision loss, but also an inner journey involving my fears and emotions about becoming totally blind. This is a journey towards infinite darkness in which physical sight is diminished and obscured but artistic vision, my blind vision, is enhanced. I use the experience of blindness to expand my conceptual expression within the

visual realm. Blind Vision illustrates a synergy of the physical (corporeal) experience framed within the context of a metaphysical journey to form a unique vision beyond sight.

As a legally blind photographer Kurt Weston has overcome the barriers, obstacles and challenges of producing and exhibiting his art. His limited visual acuity – total blindness in his left eye and limited peripheral vision, no central vision in his right eye – permits Weston to see the world like an impressionist painting. Through his art he experiments with enhanced photographic views and perspectives.

As a legally blind photographer Kurt Weston has overcome the barriers, obstacles and challenges of producing and exhibiting his art. His limited visual acuity – total blindness in his left eye and limited peripheral vision, no central vision in his right eye – permits Weston to see the world like an impressionist painting. Through his art he experiments with enhanced photographic views and perspectives.

Weston’s photographs have drawn much attention, spawning articles and art exhibitions. His work has been exhibited internationally and most notably Transformations (2006) and the Shift (2011), exhibitions at The Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington DC. Much of his work has become part of an international traveling exhibition entitled Sight Unseen which opened in 2009 at the California Museum of Photography and continues touring through 2015.  Weston’s work has also been featured in numerous articles including The Los Angeles Times (2009); the New York Times (2009) Lens Blog and has been included in the text book “Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice” published February 2011; He has been a featured artist in Better Photography, India (2010 and 2015). Weston has also been the subject of two documentary video’s Obscura by Damon Stea and The Blind Imagination by Taylor Adam Swift.  In 2010 he was the recipient of the Arts Orange County Outstanding Artist Achievement award and in 2012 he appeared on national television, CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield show highlighting his photographs and advocacy. Collectors include The Houston Fine Arts Museum and the National AIDS museum, as well as many private collections.