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Process diary

Mia McKelvey

Wenona School

Artwork title
Vision without sight
HSC year
2017
ARTEXPRESS year
2018
Expressive form
Photomedia
Artist’s statement

‘The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.’ – Helen Keller

At age 11, although legally blind, Zara has vast amounts of vision and determination. Zara has albinism, a condition that is surrounded by misconceptions. I chose photography to capture her story due to its synergy with albinism. Like photographic material, people with albinism are light sensitive, and this influenced the way I photographed her. The use of material to diffuse light became a metaphor for Zara’s limited vision and the layers of misunderstanding that surround albinism.

Influencing artists:
Petrina Hicks
Eric Nehr
Gustavo Lacerda