The blind spot
The blind spot is part of the retina at the back of the eye where the optic nerve leaves the eye. The blind spot of Eelco Klis from Dongen ‘floated’ at a young age, so he had to look past it. The death of the rods and cones in his eyes made him colour-blind and blurred the contours of the shapes. In the meantime his restvisus is blurred and grey by the cataract. His eyes vibrate through the nystagmus, because they are constantly searching for light and information. In other words: Eelco is blind.
I have made photographs in which Eelco’s vision is the starting point. These photos have become an isolated image in which the viewer can make his own story. The title of this photo series also refers to the blind spot that sighted people have, since they often look selectively and superficially. My experience is that visually impaired people generally look better than sighted people. They feel, ask and dive into matter. So the question is: who suffers from his blind spot?
We are observers of our own reality and our observations influence our reality. Everything can look different based on what perspective it is viewed from. If we look at things from a different perspective, then previously invisible things become visible. Superficial outward appearances seem to matter less.