Nangkartshang Peak, 5083m, Khumbu, Nepal.

Nangkartshang Peak, 5083m, Khumbu, Nepal.

I am blind in one eye. I have only ever seen the world with a flattened perspective and in two dimensions, like the frame created by a camera.

As long as I can remember, I have always been a photographer. Unable to take part in the same sports as everyone else, it was what I turned to instead. As a child, I was the family photographer. As I got older, it became my reason to see the world.

It’s often said that people should put away their cameras, that it stops them from really experiencing the world around them. This is not what I have found at all; for me it’s the exact opposite. It’s how I see and it is my motivation for seeing.

A camera in my hand helps me to really look at where I am. It encourages me to explore and it makes me experience where I am much more deeply. I would not have had some of the most human and profoundly affecting experiences of my life without a camera.

In recent years my travel has gotten more adventurous. I’ve started to long for environments that truly push me as a person. Sometimes emotionally and increasingly physically.

This desire, created by photography, has helped me to improve my fitness, overcome the physical challenges of reduced depth perception and, above all, learn how to suppress my fear. Now I can truly say that I have been to some of the most amazing places on Earth.

I have been lucky. I want everyone to have the opportunity to see what I have seen. I hope that in some small way, my photography lets others share in my experience and helps me to remember.