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Legally blind photographer builds portfolio with Mariners' help

Robert Wright hopes his photos will inspire others to pursue their own dreams.
Robert Wright

SEATTLE -- He's probably more comfortable behind the lens but we couldn't help turning our cameras on a Seattle photographer taking pictures at Tuesday's Mariners game.

Robert Wright has a unique vision when it comes to taking photos.

"My stepfather gave me my first camera. It was a Kodak camera and I was about 16 years old," he said.

That was 44 years ago and Wright has had been taking photos ever since.

What sets him apart is his what he sees when he looks through the lens or, perhaps even more important, what he doesn't see.

"When I was three weeks old I was in a car accident," he said. "And now I'm able to look out of both eyes, but one at a time.

The accident left him legally blind but that isn't stopping Wright from practicing and perfecting his craft.

He uses an auto-focus camera that beeps to let him know when it's just the right time to take a picture. And he's building his portfolio with the help of the Mariners who gave Wright field access Tuesday to take photos of both batting practice and the game.

"His photos show he knows what he's doing," said Rebecca Hale, the Mariners spokesperson who helped organize Wright's visit to Safeco Field. "I mean, he comes out here and he's looking for his shots and the composition of the photos. He's very good."

Wright hopes his photos will inspire others with limited vision to pursue their own dreams. You can view his photos and learn more about his work here.

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