The Interior World Of Blindness

published in: Art By Costas Voyatzis, 26 January 2014

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photo © Into Darkness Ltd.

Some people are born blind; others lose their vision as a result of a tragic accident or due to an ophthalmological disturbance. Frankly, although both realities are heartrendingly sad, in my opinion the first is less painful because someone who has never seen the light will tend to create an ideal world inside his/her mind. Someone, on the other hand, who loses his/her sight, goes on to live in the dark world of endless vivid memories. The second situation describes exactly what happened to writer and theologian John Hull who, after years of deteriorating vision, lost the last traces of light sensation in 1983. For the next three years, he kept a diary, on audiocassette, all about his interior world of blindness.  

''The world into which I am being dragged with my loved ones will engulf us. There will be no return. Blindness is permanent and irreversible. My life is in crisis''
John Hull , 16th September 1983

Hull’s original audio recordings form the narrative backbone of the film ''Notes on Blindness: Rainfall'', a series of three short films, supported by The New York Times which in its entirety (Memory, Panic and Rainfall) premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (16-24 January 2014). Directed by London-based filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney, the film was nominated for the ICA Experimental Film Award and won the Best Short Documentary award at Hot Docs 2013. It is currently being developed into the feature film INTO DARKNESS which will be produced by Archer’s Mark, an independent film production company based in London, UK.

A unique and cinematic amalgamation of documentary and drama, this will most definitely transport you into the strange and insular world of blindness.

{YatzerTip}: Read the beautiful story behind ‘Notes on Blindness’ at The New York Times.

photo © Into Darkness Ltd.

photo © Into Darkness Ltd.

photo © Into Darkness Ltd.


Sundance Film Festival, The New York Times, INTO DARKNESS

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    Oona Houlihan | 2014-01-31 21:53:36

    I am not quite sure if all who are blind suffer. I personally know a deaf person (not the exact same thing, I know), deaf since birth and adept at sign language, who opted against cochlear implant (which makes one hear through a hearing aid that attaches to the bone and thus makes auditory impressions felt in the head which can then after training be understood as words etc.) because he (and other I came to know through him) actually look down on the people who can hear. And it didn't sound like the "sour grape" excuse to me. While I wouldn't want to lose my eyesight, it has ever since made me wonder if to have a command of all senses always is unequivocally a good thing.

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