13 Oct Meet Ian Treherne, a talented Essex photographer who is deaf and almost blind
A series of five short films culminating in a photography exhibition launches on Monday.
The first film features Ian Treherne, an Essex-born and based photographer who is profoundly deaf and almost completely blind.
Meet The Blind Photographer, Ian Treherne
Ian was born profoundly deaf and has used film and photography from childhood to help him cope with anxiety and isolation.
When, aged 15, Ian was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that will eventually lead to him losing his vision entirely, he became determined to forge a career in photography. His work is evocative and challenging, with a unique style that reflects the limited field of his own vision.
The camera acts as an equaliser for Ian, as looking through the lens allows a similar limited field of vision as he experiences in his daily life. Ian uses photography as a tool to compensate for his lack of sight, helping him to express himself and connect with the world on his own terms. It helps him combat the sense of isolation, anxiety and stress brought about by his condition and to confront and come to terms with the reality of one day losing his eyesight completely.