It might seem strange to show a gallery of images of places the narrator can’t actually see. But as architect Chris Downey explains, he picked these locations in San Francisco because they’re meaningful to him, not because they’re photogenic (though as it happens, they’re that too). “As with any large, great city, its success is really tied to how it breaks down into neighborhoods and how it connects the private or personal life within the city at large,” he says. “These places are specific to the blind experience and are perhaps more interesting as a node within a system.” Here, read more about Downey’s favorite spots, including his description of why the work of visual artist James Turrell resonates even for those without sight, and why he thinks baseball is the perfect game for blind people to enjoy. All photographs taken by Marla Aufmuth.
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