Unseen

When you close your eyes, even for an instant, an overlooked world suddenly appears before your other senses.

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Images blink: airport arrivals gate; inside a moving car; hand touches window; sun sets over mountains.  View from the saddle: ears and eye of a horse with mountains in the distance.  Close-up of a horse’s eye staring into the camera then blinking.

Seated alone in the grass at high noon, Ruth strums her ukulele while horses graze nearby.

Visual impairment can be measured by degrees, whereas vision is defined by human perspective. If we can learn to observe beyond the physical limits of our eyes, we can gain insight about the human condition. By documenting the introspective journey of three visually impaired explorers who map their own New World, Blind Spot: Moments Unseen contemplates the distinction between blindness and sightlessness.

Ruth, Terry and Carly begin their travels with a flight from Canada to Buenos Aires, followed by a cross-country flight to Neuquen, on the west coast of Argentina. Then, after a day’s dusty drive into the foothills of the Andes, the road ends at a goat-herderʼs outpost where they rendez-vous with their guides. As the sun sets, the group faces their first mountain adventure: a 4-hour moonlit ride by horseback to Estancia Ranquilco, the expedition base camp.

The next morning, the blind riders are introduced to their horses and work with the guides to establish a system of directional cues. Ruth, Terry and Carly develop a feel for a horse’s movement and learn how to navigate obstacles on the trail.

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