“Bruce did not reveal his blindness until after he had won the award”
Image: Giant Kelp by Bruce Hall
The above image is an amazing use of timing, lighting and, above all, perception. So much so, that Giant Kelp was the winner of the “Highly Honored” award in the Nature’s Best Photography Magazine Windland Rice Smith International Awards Competition. In addition, this award winning photograph was on display at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C. from October 2006 to October 2007.
Indeed, it takes a precise level of perception to depict such a highly acclaimed photograph. This acute level of perception is a difficult task considering the photo was taken underwater, using a slow speed slide film, two small strobes, and a Nikonos V underwater camera.
Image: California Garibaldi by Bruce Hall
However perception is the very thing Photographer Bruce Hall has had to master not only as any other photographer must, but also in every day life because he, like several other photographers, is legally blind. There is perceivably no possible way to know this fact, simply by looking at Bruce Hall’s photography. But once you do, it makes his images that much more amazing.
There has even recently been some video coverage of Bruce and other extraordinary photographers who are also legally blind at the popular video site Current TV. The story may air nationally on Current’s cable channel soon. You can take a look at the video on the current.com website.
“I love technology. It allows me to see things I never saw” – Bruce Hall
You can read more about Bruce Hall and view more of his underwater photography at his personal site, visualsummit.com.