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Reviews for Sarah Wilson’s “Blind Prom”

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Two more reviews have been posted about Sarah Wilson’s exhibit, “Blind Prom.” Check them out on The Best of New Orleans and NOLA.

Here’s a sample from the NOLA review:

It’s prom night at The Texas School of the Blind and Visually Impaired, with the usual stiff suit coats, shiny gowns, corsages and cuddling. Only the thick glasses and white walking canes make the colorful shots seem a bit odd.

Anyone who has been to a high school prom remembers the awkwardness of the moment, the utter self-consciousness, the microscopic attention to appearance. You have to wonder how typical prom night vanity plays out among kids who cannot see.


And a touch embarrassing.

Isn’t there something inherently uncomfortable about enjoying photographs of people with disabilities?

In 2005, Wilson’s boyfriend, Keith Maitland, a documentary movie-maker, began a film about goalball, a game they play at the Texas School of the Blind in Austin. Wilson’s role in the project was to take still photographs. In time, Maitland’s film project and Wilson’s photo documentation expanded to cover other aspects of campus life at the live-in school. For three years, Wilson, 32, volunteered to do formal and candid shots of the prom. Students and their parents can download digital prom shots for a nominal fee.

Wilson, an Austin native, said she doesn’t sense the same level of prom anxiety among the School of the Blind students, as she did when she attended her own prom. Some kids pick their prom outfits by feel; others take the advice of sighted friends. She said that taking photographs always makes the moment seem all the more important — even if her subjects never see the results … [more].

The exhibit runs through December at the New Orleans Photo Alliance, 1111 St. Mary St., 504-975-4002.