Class of 2023 • Photography

Emily McEvoy

Emily McEvoy
Ulster University, Belfast School of Art


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


As a child of severely visually impaired parents, tactility and physicality were considerably more prevalent in my upbringing than that of my friends. However, I wouldn’t recognise this until much later. Ironically, I found passion in photography, a medium omissive towards those with sight loss and other visual impairments. After moving out, a combination of guilt and my desire to maintain a physical connection with my parents led me to correspond with them through postcards incorporating braille which overlayed photos I had taken of my new surroundings. Subconsciously, I always felt that my parents would never be able to fully appreciate photography to the same extent as a sighted person such as myself. This, when paired with the braille postcards, inspired me to produce a series of three-dimensional photographs. The exclusionary nature of how art is to be viewed separates the audience into either the sighted or the blind, with nothing to bridge the gap between. By bringing conventional photography into the three dimensional, the work becomes universal and can be experienced by an audience regardless of their level of vision, either via retina or fingertip.
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