About me

My name is Steven Erra. I am legally blind, or, sight impaired is a less technical term.
I am also an artist. Visual artist. Yes, I can see. A very small central area of sight remains when the light is bright. I have tunnel vision, or Retinitis Pigmentosa. I hate that word. It's far too elegant a word for such a devastating, random screw up of genetics. It is getting worse, slowly. No one with RP notices the change much over the short term' it is so very slow to dissolve ones delicate retina, a gradual shutting out of the lights. I use a white cane.
Why then do I make visual art? Logical question.  I didn't know that I had a degenerative eye disease until I was nearly finished getting my Degree in Fine art at the Parsons School of Design. Painting is a consuming passion.
I joined a photography class for the blind and sight impaired around 1993, and it was this group of people who eventually started The Seeing With Photography Collective. Our photography teacher there, Mark Andres first intorduced us to the photographic technique of "light painting". As an art group, we've been making these works since 1997. This light painting resonates with me. You will see mainly light painting here.
It'sa casual Blog, meant to delve into influences, experiences and reflection more than theory or issues.
I have seen determination, passion, and such astonishing images created by the artists I work with. Some are totally blind, and rely on visual descriptions of the richly nuanced images they have just created. Visit Seeing With Photography Collective's website and Flickr site.
A new way of "seeing"seems to have been born, a new genre even, as more and more non sighted  individuals are chiseling away at new terrain in the visually savy art world.