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Tara Miller: What is Sight?

Prize winning photo by Tara Miller
Prize winning photo by Tara Miller

Jeff and Tara Miller.

This photo was taken by Tara Miller (click to enlarge), a professional photographer who works with her husband Jeff, also a photographer. In itself that’s enough–the photo is gorgeous. But there’s an unusual twist to the story, which is what led to her work being featured on CTV in their Meeting a Canadian Original clip. Tara Miller is legally blind. Due to glaucoma, she has no sight at all in one eye and 6% in the other: devastating for a photographer. In fact, she’d given it up, when her husband encouraged her to pick up her camera again.

Most of us have full vision, at least with our glasses on, but can we see?

In this photo is darkness, the shock of light–dangerous and powerful, illuminating the landscape, the beauty of the flowers, the colour of the setting sun. Now I’m off to write. I hope that Tara Miller’s work continues to remind me of what matters and what doesn’t.

What reminds you today?



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

7 thoughts on “Tara Miller: What is Sight?

  1. Jenny, in the CTV interview she said that she was lucky to get the lightening. With her bit of sight, and other senses, she can compose a shot. For eg, she mentioned knowing when she’s near water by the smell of water and the sound of water birds.

  2. Funnily enough I just bought Mr Litlove the latest Oliver Sacks book, The Mind’s Eye, which is all about people who manage to compensate well for losing what we normally think of as indispensable senses. It is extraordinary what people can do when challenged, which has to make me wonder why we fully resourced individuals find life so hard in so many small ways. Perhaps it takes some kind of real loss to boot us into finding relationships of real joy with experience.

  3. Becca, perhaps she does…there’s more to seeing than meets the eye?

    Litlove, that was a fascinating book. I find Sacks’s books energizing for that reason. I also wonder why these stories give a boost and then I fall back into gnashing teeth over small things. But maybe those small things stand in for larger issues.

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