In an inspiring documentary called “Not Everything Is Black,” six blind people from different cities around the world were encouraged to carry a camera and take photos of anything they wanted.
The documentary, which was initially released in 2019 and recently premiered on YouTube, aimed to grasp an understanding of how blind people perceive reality.
In Lebanon, young and adventurous Ramy Jarjoura put the camera up to his face to capture a picture of a bird in a cage as though from his own eyes.
“Birds are trapped in a cage in need of freedom, and like birds, a blind person needs to escape the cage inside themselves in order to fly amongst others,” he said.
He also expressed that he could relate to birds’ pain because of the accident that caused his blindness.
You see, Ramy began to go blind at the age of 10 after he was accidentally shot in the head by a bird hunter in the woods nearby his house.
In 2010, after many surgeries to try to restore his sight, he became completely blind. But to Ramy, it was a blessing in disguise.
“I became blind in the sense most people understand blindness. But from my perspective, 2010 was when I began to see,” he said.
His acceptance of the pain of his situation transformed into the strength that keeps him going.
When asked if he would ever like to see again, he tells people that he forgets that he can’t see because of all the blessings he experiences from blindness.
Follow Ramy and others on their inspiring journey to capture photos by using their senses to visualize the world around them and also get inside their heads.
Watch the full documentary here: