My name is Ted Tahquechi, and I am a legally blind photographer.
My love of photography began in 1986, shooting and developing black and white film in college. I spent the better part of my career working in a very visually challenging world as a video game producer for Atari, Accolade and Mattel Toys, releasing 35 titles to market and creating many beloved game franchises.
After a terrible car accident in 1999, I was left with no vision in my right eye and only 5% remaining vision in my left, I can see light and dark but no detail. I truly believe that the day I picked up the camera again changed my life. With my visual limitation, I have almost no distance sight, and things get very blurry at about a foot away. Starting slow, I used the camera at family gatherings to capture moments I could not see. My camera has now became a tool I use to later see on my computer monitor what I miss as I walk through life.
For years I have been working on an abstract body of work which focuses on the human form. In February 2017, the collection made its debut at Access Gallery in the Santa Fe Art District in Denver Colorado and has been exhibited all over the United States. You can see selected images from the collection and read the entire story at bodyscapes.photography
Alongside exhibiting my photographic work, I speak about vision loss, and using art as a coping mechanism to heal. My lectures focus on using photography to heal, inspiration and vision loss, but I also love to speak at Retro game conferences about my years in the games industry. If you would like further information on my speaking engagements, please see the speaking section. I have presented at Galleries, Schools (high school and college) Retro games conferences, and camps for the blind and visually impaired. I have a guide dog Fauna, and we are often asked to speak at organizations about strategies to better serve their visually impaired clients.
I don’t sell my photographic work, rather I donate to and work with charitable organizations that make a positive impact on other’s lives. Some of the organizations I have worked with include Guide Dogs for the Blind, Lighthouse for the Blind, ALS Never Surrender, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Special Olympics and Heather’s Camp – a nonprofit organization out of Wichita Kansas which provides a summer camp experience for blind and visually impaired children.
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I also operate a resource website for blind and visually impaired travelers, which features my travel photography. You can find it at: http://www.blindtravels.com/
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