Pranav Lal, 32, is blind since birth, and he is an excellent photographer. Using technology, not to mention creativity, he has challenged and broken stereotypes associated with the visually impaired.
In 2001, he stumbled upon a software called the ‘Voice’, that claims to give a visual experience to the blind. The software essentially converts images into sound which he hears through the headphones and determines what he is looking at.
The loudness of the sound tells Pranav the brightness of the scene, so, higher the sound the brighter the object. Likewise as the subject moves from left to right, his stereo headphones tell its position. Lastly, the pitch of the sound represents the subject’s height. It is not to be mixed with sonar, as Pranav clarifies.
“I do not care what camera it is, as long as it is on auto-focus, I will capture it,” Lal tells HT. “I perceive, without touching, the shape contour, size of the subject before me”, which have lead to his unique work.