Foto de João Maia segurando uma câmera e de colete azul na frente do painel escrito circuito Brasil , caixa loterias, atletismo

Inspiring: This Photographer Covered The 2016 Paralympics Despite His Blindness

Foto de João Maia segurando uma câmera e de colete azul na frente do painel escrito circuito Brasil , caixa loterias, atletismo

Like many press photographers, João Maia da Silva is passionate about his job especially when he’s on assignment. In fact, not even his visual impairment could deter him from taking some awe-inspiring photos during the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

“You don’t need to see to take photographs. My are eyes are in my heart,” explained Maia. He had lost his sight at an early age of 28 after he suffered from unveitis. It is a type of eye inflammation that suddenly blurs your vision. For Maia, the disease soon made him unable to see just about anything, just shapes and colors if he were close enough to the subject. Nonetheless, none of that matter so long as he’s got his camera.

According to a report from AFP, Maia’s journey to becoming a professional sports photographer started at the post office. Before he became a member of the media, Maia had worked as a postman in Sao Paolo. This is where he had learned to be utilize a cane to move around by himself. He also started taking classes in Braille to allow him to read blind. Around the same time, Maia also developed an interest in photography. And no, his visual handicap did not keep him from trying it out.

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“Photography is about sensitivity. I think it’s marvelous to be able to show how I perceive the world, how I see it, sense it,” he explained. And so, this is how Maia, now 41, found himself in the company of a number of other sports photographers in the Paralympic stadium during the games.

For this shots, he relies on a little help from his other photographer friends. In fact, he has come to call Leonardo Eroico and Ricardo Rojas his borrowed sets of “eyes.” They had formed a Mobgraphia initiative that helps promote the use of cellphones in photography. They also give much needed encouragement to photographers like Maia who are dealing with extraordinary challenges.

When he first got into professional photography back in 2008, Maia was using a traditional camera. Nowadays, however, he also relies on his handy smartphone to take some of his winning images. He admits he’s always trying to capture more than just a moment. “It’s not just action I want to capture but the intimacy,” he remarked.

Today, Maia is a living testament that nothing is impossible even if the odds seem stacked against you. To view a number of Maia’s outstanding works, check out his Instagram page. Currently, he has over 7,000 followers already.

Fonte:  Morning News
Imagem de Joao Maia tirando fotos com seu smartphone usando o fone de ouvido, logo usa o som como referência. AFP '' Joao Maia tira fotos com seu smartphone usando o som como referência durante os Jogos Paraolímpicos Rio 2016

Blind Brazilian photographer Joao Maia takes pictures with his smartphone using the sound as a reference during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 9, 2016. 41-year-old Maia lost his sight at age 28 due to an affection of the uvea. This is the first sportive event y covers as a photographer. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

Athletes aren’t the only people defying the odds at the 2016 Paralympics.

Joao Maia, a photographer who is visually impaired, is covering the international sporting event in Rio by taking beautiful photos.

He is the first photographer with visual impairments to cover the Paralympic Games, according to the below video by Rio 2016.

You don’t need to see to take photographs. My eyes are in my heartJoao Maia

“You don’t need to see to take photographs. My eyes are in my heart,” Maia told Firstpost, an Indian news organization.

Maia, 41, is a former postman from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He lost his sight when he was 28 after developing uveitis, an inflammation of the middle layer of the eye. He can now only see some shapes and colors when he’s close up.

“My life is a huge water color painting,” he explained in the above video.

While Maia learned Braille and how to use a cane, he developed an interest in photography. He explains to World is One News, an international English-speaking news source, that photography allows him to express himself.

 “I think photography gives me the opportunity to tell people I am visually impaired, that I exist, that I am here. I am registering what I see, in my way: out of focus [and] blurry. But, the way I see it, photography gives shape to my view.”

Brazilian photographer Joao Maia.

Maia started taking pictures with a traditional camera but now uses a smartphone to snap his photos, which helps with focusing.

According to Rio 16’s video, Maia also relies on able-sighted people around him for help. He asks them questions such as what the athlete looks like and what they are wearing.

He then looks for a color contrast he likes or the right moment, and then starts snapping away.

“When I am close enough I feel the runners’ heartbeats, their steps and then I’m ready to take the picture,” he told Firstpost but admits that he still has his struggles. “But with noise and distance I find it difficult.”

He also gets help from others in regards to editing and posting his photos to social media, like his Instagram, according to the outlet.

Yet, the photos are still his own. He told Firstpost:

“It’s not just action I want to capture but the intimacy.”

See some of Maia’s photography below:

Fonte: The Huffingtonpost