Yesterday, during my ophthalmolgy practice, I had the opportunity to measure my eye's lenght and it is a long one! That made me think about how I see things and how I capture them with my cameras.
My right eye is 26,01 mm long. Maybe it doesn’t ring a bell for most of you but if you’re familiar to sight problems you may know that this is a long eye, meaning that I’m myopic or short-sighted.
I discovered it when I was a child – I can’t remember myself not wearing glasses and at first I didn’t want to accept it. When my mum asked, I blamed my teachers’ bad handwriting on the blackboard or just told my cousins that I wasn’t in the mood for playing “what’s the number on that car’s license plate?” but in the end I couldn’t hide it anymore and my parents took me to meet Mrs. Oculist.
I adapted surpringisly well to wearing glasses and my life didn’t change a bit – just that I had cool skiing glasses and the rest of the kids didn’t! But now, thinking about it, that’s more or less when I started feeling appealed to photography.
Maybe I unconsciounsly had started seeing things in a different way (maybe it’s just that I was seeing better, who knows?) and I wanted to show the world how I had changed. When I was six my parents gave me for christmas a very simple camera and I took it everywhere, I was the official photographer of every school excursion or family meeting and I think some of those pics were good! (I have to find those negs and scan them!!!). When I was eleven I won a contest and my parents started taking seriously my hobby so cameras, albums and film rolls were usually on their gift lists.
So, I don’t know if I should thank this sight defect or blame genetics or maybe just stop thinking that both facts are related (unlike most of you, I didn’t get this passion from my parents so you can cross this option out of your list), but somehow I’ve been loving photography since I was in primary school and now I find it the most creative, relaxing and funny hobby ever.
PS: in case you didn’t know, a normal eye is around 22 mm long…