Nature provides us with magnificent images and photography is the art form that truly captures the moment. Such images can be accessed in many different ways, even by the visually impaired and blind, because experiencing art isn’t limited to the visual sphere alone. There are images with automatic descriptions, tactile photographs and blind photographers who, with the aid of an assistant, use their imagination and hands to create photographs, as well as people with limited sight who can take advantage of this circumstance to reinterpret reality from a different perspective.
In addition to being a retina specialist and researcher, Doctor Jordi Monés is also a keen traveller who, for years, has been collecting different moments and stories. Aware of the privilege of being able to see the world, his photos have now been uploaded onto the Barcelona Macula Foundation website under the title ‘Sons of our Planet’. These photographs can be purchased and the proceeds will be used to fund part of the research carried out. “The world is light, vision and contrasts; the Barcelona Macula Foundation strives to overcome the darkness inflicted by blindness”, says Jordi Monés.
There are almost 50 different photographs on the website, reflecting our planet’s incredible range of colours. Supportive purchasers can invest from €50 to €500 in the different sizes and formats available. In addition to this initiative, the Barcelona Macula Foundation also offers anyone interested the chance to make annual donations and to become a member, thereby helping to combat blindness and transform the lives of a large number of people.
The Barcelona Macula Foundation is an organisation focusing on research, primarily investigating new and more effective treatments to stop the deterioration of sight associated with pathologies such as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Stargardt disease and Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).