City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Partially Sighted Photographer's Shed Exhibition Opens

By edg - Posted on 04 December 2009

A new exhibition of photographs, taken by a partially sighted photographer of his garden shed, opens today at the Edinburgh headquarters of the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland.

Belfast-born Norman Taylor has taken around 1,000 photographs of his "lovely old shed", 40 of which will be exhibited. The photographs include close-ups of frosted windows, locks, tools, and images that capture the dappled light and shadow as it falls on the garden at his Gatehouse-of-Fleet home.

Taylor, who has taken photographs all his life, discovered that he was losing his sight through optic atrophy some five years ago.

At a low, a university friend gave him a digital camera and Taylor realised that he could see the images on the backlit screen. His friend impressed upon him to shoot around 150 pictures of his old wooden shed - Taylor took many more.

Norman Taylor's exhibition is at the Royal National Institue for the Blind from December 4 until mid-January, from 9.30am to 4.30pm (Monday to Friday), but closed to the public from 24 December to 6 January.

Video clip (above): Taylor introduces his exhibition in Gatehouse-of-Fleet.