Photography is a visual study – it depends on what we have the power to see. So, in what way can a photographer consider an inability to see?
For Charlie Simokaitis (b. 1967, USA), this is not merely an academic question. When his daughter went blind over a span of two years, Simokaitis watched as she experienced “the physical disintegration of her vision, as well as a powerful psychological response to her imminent, presumably diminished, reality.” In a response to this disorientation and confusion, experienced day-by-day, he began a visual journey to depict his own perception of her blindness story.
In his series, With Whom Do I Have the Pleasure?, Simokaitis hints at uncertainty with something that is certainly in front of you – the world which is there to be perceived, should you only have the means with which to perceive it. Taking everyday objects and sights, and skewering them with the unexpected and unexplainable, Simokaitis presents us with a vision of the world where even the mundane is mysterious.