Trained in sculpture and industrial design, Peter Eckert had always been a visual person. When he learned that he would go completely blind due to an incurable disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa, Eckert picked up a camera. After two years of soul searching and trying to figure out what he could do to support himself and his new wife, he found his mother in law’s 1950 Kodak camera. After a trip to the local camera store and asking about a million questions, he started to learn all he could about photography.
Now an award winning photographer, Eckhert sees “with sound and touch,” he is the epitome of his mantra, “I will not be beaten.” Using his mind’s eye, he sees each shot clearly and using his other senses, he dances “on the edge of perception and grab(s) information to build an image.”
His work is a veritable contrast of darkness and light. You can learn more about the inspirational man and see his work in the short, “Dancing on the Edge of Perception,” produced by The Avant/Garde Diaries below: