Accessible Photography

Photography Accessibility Consultant

My Perspective

Louis Gaudry holding his camera facing right.

I’ve always had an interest in photography for as long as I can remember. I remember taking photography in high school when there were no digital cameras, just film cameras. I always thought it was cool that you could develop pictures to see the results on photo paper. As I got older, I had an interest in Web designing. So, I took a course at Red River College. In that course, one of the classes was digital photography. I learned a lot, but there was still one problem. I could not handle the camera. The reason for that was that I could not hold the camera up high enough for me to look in the viewer. I tried using tripods, but they didn't work well for the pictures that I wanted to take.

In 2017 I decided to try my hand at photography again. I knew there were going to be many challenges in this adventure, but I was up for it. I knew I was going to have to research what cameras were out there and what would suit me best.

With the help of my Trish Jackson from Australia, who I had met on social media, I knew I was going to be in good hands. She a Thalidomider, just like me, understands the challenges and struggles when it comes to figuring out how to handle a camera. With camera technology, the one thing they did that made it easier for me, and probably for my friend Trish, was the flip-out viewer. Things were starting to look up.

I spent a lot of time researching what gear other photographers with disabilities were using, What gear I was gonna have to adapt for myself. I know that adapting stuff for myself will be an ongoing thing.

I have decided now, that I would like to share some of my experiences through this adventure with others as well as pick up tips from others.