Earlier this month I posted a video which I found on vimeo. The video was a short documentary on blind photographer Pete Eckert. Since I posted that video I have noticed it popup on a ton of different photography sites. Anyway I am still in awe as to how he manages to get the shots he gets so couldn’t help myself to see if Pete would do the RAW interview.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a guy with a smart dog. that other thing too: I’m totally blind.
What made you get into photography?
I was doing woodcuts. It was slow and I wasn’t getting enough feedback. I built another method through photography.
How did you get started?
I asked endless questions at a local store, camera Arts in Sacramento. Unfortunately they closed. Stores are closing fast and the economy is tough. I used the time-Life books on photography as a learning text. I ask a lot of questions and don’t mind criticism.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Cutting edge. You will never see my stuff over Grandmas couch: unless your grandma is very cool.
What gear are you using?
I always keep three cameras;small, medium, and large. I’ve retired my 35mm for a digital point and shoot cannon. It is a way to get my feet wet in digital. I have an old Mamia flex twin lens reflex. It is my work horse. for large I have a 4×5 Toyo view camera with a rodenstock lens.
What’s your favorite lens and why?
I only shoot with good normal lenses. They mimic my hearing.
How are you marketing yourself?
Not well enough. I need to have a better web site and a way to update it easily, peteeckert.com
What’s your favorite photo you have taken?
The bang for the buck I get is the –EVENT– not the product. So the favorite photo I have is the one I am always working on. Those in the past are nice but gone.
Note: Since Pete didn’t supply a favourite photo, I grabbed two so you can get a taste of his amazing work.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
My advice isn’t for sighted photographers. As a blind guy I am pushing the edge of perception. Photography helps document this. sales fuel the fire.
Visit Pete Eckert – website