‘Our Eyes’ is a photographic exploration of blindness through my Grandmother and her on-going struggle with losing her sight. My Grandma, Dee Stimpson, suffers from glaucoma and I was born with congenital glaucoma: a rare condition, hereditary and often treatable. It was contained to only my left eye but the glaucoma destroyed the nerves from my left eye to my brain, meaning I effectively do not have use of it and never have.
My grandma’s non-genetical glaucoma has only recently developed but it has been devastating, rapidly deteriorating her vision through a build up of pressure.
My Grandma in the space of three years has lost 80% of her sight. This personal project sets out to demonstrate her strength of character and to try and show what it feels like to be going blind. Dee who turns 80 next year describes it as a bereavement, ‘you are suffering from a deep lose, which you battle against every day.’