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‘Notes on Blindness’ Sheds Light on the World of Blind

By: Farida Helmy - Published: • References: nytimes and booooooom
In the recent and very touching New York Times-produced ‘Notes on Blindness’ film, blind writer and theologian John Hull’s thoughts from three years of audio cassette recordings are combined with a visual flurry of images. 

After years of deteriorating vision from the age of 13, Hull was registered as blind in 1980 at age 45 and lost final light sensation traces by 1983.

The writer started recording an audio-cassette diary on his thoughts of blindness. “I knew that if I didn’t understand it,” he now recalls, “blindness would destroy me.”    

And now, 25 years later, the dusty tapes find themselves starring in Vimeo’s staff pick film after the 16 hours of audio diaries inspired directors Peter Middleton and James Spinney to make ‘Notes on Blindness.'