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Jerome PoulalierBy Jerome Poulalier
First created
Jerome PoulalierBy Jerome Poulalier
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€3,832
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46
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, December 18 2016 10:52 AM UTC +00:00

About

"How do you dream when you have never seen any kind of image? What is the concept of a color when you never saw it? What is the difference between being born blind or becoming blind later on?" As a photographer, I've always been concerned with how blind people can live without the tool that I use everyday. Indeed, I use my sight to capture and share moments, experiences, emotions and a lot of things that blind people cannot see; I was interested in how they live out their passions and face their daily life challenges. I submitted my idea to the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit organization offering jobs and life-skills training to the blind and visually impaired. After a few weeks of discussions I went to Dallas, TX and spent 12 weeks in immersion with 30 blind people to help document my investigation.

What is left when you lose sight, or when the concept of the image and related representations is completely unknown? Blindness in all senses, and all its states of intrigue, brings up questions again and again! What do we really know of the world of the blind, of the men and women who live every day in the heart of this universe on the border of the invisible? While many writings examine this, I wanted to offer a different perspective, with both poignant and stimulating photographs and stories.

 

 

Being Blind - The Book (French & English)
Being Blind - The Book (French & English)

 

This work depicts the incredible magnitude of the abilities and desires of the blind to assert how perfectly happy they are in spite of their condition. Many feel this "handicap" is actually a blessing because they are rid of visual pollution and focused on more profound priorities. They are more self-aware, more introspective, no longer flirting with life. While they have no sight, they have a powerful voice that I wanted to share through this book. A book is the best way to tell their story, to keep them alive, to share them, because you can lend it or show it when you invite friends and family.

AFTER COVERING THE COST OF PRODUCTION, ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE DALLAS LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE BLIND.

The idea of creating a book was also a good way for me to thank the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind for their support in this project by giving them back all the profits. This way, they can continue working with the blind and offer more job opportunities, services and training.

 

The BEING BLIND BOOK will be printed in 9x12 inches (22,8 x 30,5 cm) with a nice embossed hard cover and around 130 pages printed on high quality matte photo paper. It will tell the incredible stories of 30 blind people through their own voices, including daily-life pictures, intense portraits and powerful testimonies, displayed in French and English. The book  will answer questions like "How do you dream when you have never seen any kind of image?", "How do children react to a blind parent?" or "How do you manage your cash to pay for daily products?". You are also going through their amazing passions to understand how Reginald, Blake or Richard enjoy DJing, swimming and gambling, how Ann practices yoga or how Jennifer manages her life as a blind mother...    (See the UPDATE tab for existing and upcoming stories excerpts)

 

 

 

Blake is 52 years old and blind since he was 9 months old.
Blake is 52 years old and blind since he was 9 months old.

"I can't tell you what the color blue looks like. To me, it's just a concept, something that I imagine to be a positive color, a clear one, maybe cold, which makes me think about the sky or the sea. But even sea or sky, I don't know how they look. It's more about feeling rather than looking."

Alvaro, 34 years old, using the App "Be My Eyes"
Alvaro, 34 years old, using the App "Be My Eyes"

Be My Eyes is an App that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video connection. Here, Alvaro is using the App to ask a volunteer to help him identify his $5 bill. Indeed, all bills are the exact same size, so they have no way to differentiate them.

Jennifer is 26 years old and has two daughters.
Jennifer is 26 years old and has two daughters.

"I want to see the world, and I want to jump further into the real estate business. I want to raise those two little girls to be strong independent and resourceful women with integrity and pride. I have a lot of dreams and plans for my life, I’m still young and I can accomplish almost anything if I put my mind into it. "

John has been blind for more than 40 years. He is now 81.
John has been blind for more than 40 years. He is now 81.

"I miss smiles so much. People can look at you and smile beautifully, but I wouldn’t know it! Smiles are happy signs! Forgetting that is not a good thing, so I smile a lot to compensate!"

Jermaine, 33 years old, explains how playing piano is hard when you are blind.
Jermaine, 33 years old, explains how playing piano is hard when you are blind.

"I’d like to see music sheets, because it’s a lot of work playing by ear. You have to study the board, learn items, memorize them, then play, think about your left hand, right hand, use the baseline, a lot of things to put together..."

 

Starting from $35, every backer will receive the BEING BLIND BOOK, a 130 page hard cover photo book including all the amazing stories and portraits from the project. For the other pledges, we will add some nice gifts like stickers or postcards, signed books or a selection of HD pictures. Starting from $70, every backer will receive 2 books with all the previous gifts and some extra ones. For people who want to support our project by pledging on a higher level, we offer 3 different Golden Backer Packs including exclusive content, like a print from the my own collection, a dedicated page on the book mentioning your name and your support for the project, or the original notebook with all the handwritten interviews, notes and quotes from the project.

 

 

Stickers
Stickers

 

BEING BLIND - The Book
BEING BLIND - The Book

 

Postcards by Jessica McBride
Postcards by Jessica McBride

 

 

 

 

In order to offer you the best unit price for this 130 page, hard cover book, we will have to produce 1000 units so that the printer can offer services at the lowest price. We include the cost of production and delivery in each pledge so we don’t bother you with additional fees once you have made your selections. Once production (translation, book design, sample& printing) and delivery costs are funded, all remaining proceeds will benefit the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, a non-profit organization offering jobs, support and training to help the blind and visually impaired to enhance their lives and become more independent.

Interested in the relationship between the human and his environment, I always aim at looking for new projects gathering both dimensions. In 2010, I won the Nicolas Hulot prize for the International Photo Contest organized by the renowned PHOTO Magazine. Since then, I have worked on a variety of projects including:

  • Habiter le campement, Paris : Exhibition in the Palais de Chaillot about nomad's way of life through the entire world.
  • Les Autres, Brussels : Photo documentary about people spending their entire day in small bars and cafes.
  • Caligula, London : Photo documentary about "Out of the Ordinary" way of life in underground places such as the Caligula.
  • La Guill', Lyon : Street Food photographic documentary in the most pluri-ethnical district in Lyon, France.

Risks and challenges

Our team is dedicated to the BEING BLIND PROJECT and support of people who are blind and visually impaired. From PR, to social media, to answering your questions, we have the momentum to carry us forward to success.

Once the goal is reached, our U.S. team will start working on first steps of production. Since our team is split between France and the U.S. there will be lots of Skype meetings and straddling different time zones but technology is here to help.

I will have to personally approve the first samples and make sure that everything is in tip-top condition before launching production so we will have to manage early delivery from U.S. to France but it is included in our budget.

The main challenge will be the team management and we have a wonderful team so everything will be fine! Feel free to ask any questions or leave some comments in the FAQ section. We’re excited to hear from our backers.

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    #1 - THANK YOU

    Thank you for contributing to our project. Your support will help us reach our goal and the Dallas LightHouse for the Blind to support the blind community.

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    BEING BLIND - THE BOOK

    The original BEING BLIND book will be delivered to you, and you will receive our eternal gratitude.

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    BEING BLIND - SIGNED & NUMBERED BOOK

    We will send you a signed and numbered book, including a hand-written message from me on the book.

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    BLINDS FRIENDS & FAMILY SUPPORT

    You are a friend or family member of the people featured in the book? Get your own book and a pack of 3 HD digital pictures of your friend or family member to share it or print it.

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    THE BOOK AND THE GIFTS

    Support the project with this pledge and receive the book in addition to stickers and postcards to send, stick or share.

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    THE BOOK & THE BRAILLE CARD

    Get your own Braille card with your book. The card mentions a powerful quote from the book, displayed both in a nice font and in Braille.

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    TWO BOOKS

    Get your own book and an additional one to share or give as a gift.
    You will also receive the 3 pictures of your choice in HD digital.

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    TWO BOOKS & THE GIFTS

    Get your two books and support the project with this pledge and also receive your own braille card, stickers and postcards to send, stick or share.

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    PREMIUM PACK

    Get your two books, some nice gifts and ask your personal questions to the artist during a Skype or Facetime.

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    PREMIUM PACK +

    Get BOTH of your books signed, all the gifts in the premium pack + 1 large poster signed and numbered.

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    GOLDEN BACKER PACK

    Get the BEING BLIND book dedicated to your name, mentioned in an entire page of every single book.

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    GOLDEN BACKER #2

    Get your Golden Backer's Pack + the original notebook with my hand-written notes from the interviews, quotes and highlights on the project.

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    GOLDEN BACKER #3

    Get your Golden Backer's Pack + a large print of any picture of your choice from my personal collection, signed and numbered.

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