Photographs by
Erik Freeland.
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The School for Blind Children.

(Left: A girl enjoys the warmth of the sun on her face.

Below: Learning to write braille by using a template and punching holes in paper.)



On a recent trip photographing in the Ukraine Erik Freeland discovered that his translator had a sister who worked in a blind school for children on the outskirts of Kiev.

The school itself stresses independence for the children, warning them against becoming too reliant on the sighted. As a result they navigate through touch and a hightened use of the other senses.

As Erik himself noticed, " I was sensitive to the possibility of exploitation. I wanted to treat them as I would any other child. They could sense when I was close and they felt the camera shyness other children often feel."

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