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Blind man shows how he uses Instagram


Tommy Edison has been blind since birth and has built a career out of defying people’s expectations. A radio DJ for over 20 years, Edison is also known for his work as the Blind Film Critic—sharing movie reviews on his YouTube channel and blog where he interjects humor into his unique observations.

On his YouTube channel, Edison has a collection of videos describing what everyday tasks are like for blind people. Along with his videos showing how he uses an ATM and crosses the street, Edison also shares a clip of him navigating Instagram.

Using the iPhone’s accessibility setting, Edison (@blindfilmcritic) takes, filters, captions, and uploads photos to Instagram. So far, he has more than 2,000 followers and his photos are an array of everyday observations from meals to skylines.

Edison, who also suffers from tremors, laughs about the process of taking a photo, saying “why am I holding the thing up to my face?”

Edison says in the video that his iPhone is his first camera and Instagram lets him share his life with others. He reads the feedback on his photos which can vary from praise on the artistic quality of the shots to the more informative “that’s just an orange smudge.”

Watch Tommy Edison talk about blind Instagramming:


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Nothing is certain but death, taxes... and haters.


Mr Edison is amused, I'm amused, most other people are amused. It's all WIN for us. Just you on the losing side :-/

Seriously though, his reward likely comes from the comments people make e.g. taking what you think is an okay portrait of yourself only to be told it's mostly your left nostril is pretty funny.

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Sorry but this is ridiculous. With all due respect to Mr Edison's affliction, he should find more realistic ways of amusing himself.


Why is this "news"? For the sake of the fact that everyone, predictably, is going to say "oooh! A *blind* man using Instagram! Wooo!" - uhhhm... yeah... so what?

He's BLIND (obvious). He takes crap photos (obvious), but BECAUSE he is blind, people are expected to suddenly gasp in awe?

Nice try Instagrass. I see what you're trying to do ;-)

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I saw the title and had to check this out. I've actually thought about how I would shoot if I lost my sight. Kinda had a mild scare a few years back when my eye doctor said that there was some rips in my retina and suggested laser surgery to seal them. My dad had already had a retina separation episode, but knew what it was and immediately got help. But that scare got me off my a** and finally getting around to learning how to use my dSLR more. Related ideas would be like . . . or the OMG Life camera. I'll have to check out this feed when I get home! :)

Edit: Oh, yeah. Very inspirational! WTG!

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