In the Country of the Blind

“In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”

“In the country of the blind, the one-eyed person is very valuable.”  -Ashley


  1. Sean Jeating

    Happened I to be publisher of Saramago’s “Blindness”, I’d want this to become the front cover image, and offer you a fair fee and royalty.
    I am deeply impressed. Bravo!

    • Syncopated Eyeball

      Fucking hell! Thank you, Sean, very much indeed. I’m quite taken aback! What a compliment! Not just any old book, but Saramago? Pulitzer prize winner, right? I’ve not read any of his work yet, it looks complicated and difficult when I’ve had a peek.

    • Syncopated Eyeball

      How does it disturb you, Shaun? Please do tell, I’m very interested.

      With the quote I personally find it hopeful. Yes, hopeful. Beauty is not everything. Everyone has something to offer. Something like that…

    • Syncopated Eyeball

      Thank you, so much, CV!
      You guys? Ha! There’s only one of me – Ashley.
      There’s a description of the basics in the ‘Ravenous’ post. I can’t actually remember exactly how I processed this – I think I used the same ‘Antique’ filter thingy, and definitely ‘Solarisation’ which created the greenish bit on my nose. I think I might have de-saturated somewhere along the line too. I do that quite often.

  2. elmediat

    Wonderful composition !
    As someone who only had a cataract since birth, I can truthfully say, when I was younger, I could not get a date, even a blind one.
    Also as a English Lit. & Sci-Fiction person: ” Country of the Blind” by H.G. Wells turns the quotation on its head.

    • Syncopated Eyeball

      That must have been difficult for you, despite your now making a joke. I must say your comments are most amusing.
      I’m glad you like this one; I do. But now I have yet another book on my mental ‘to be read’ list. You should see my multiple, already existing ‘to be read’ piles of books. Always like to have a good lot of them, though, to choose from when I finish another.

      • elmediat

        The challenge of being wired for sight with one eye has given me insight (sorry) into special needd students. I probably helps with photography – in some ways I am a camera. As to the H.G. Wells tale it is not long, The Country of the Blind .

        • Syncopated Eyeball

          I can understand how it would allow you to empathise with kids with special needs. your cataract is permanent?
          What you say is a good example of how something difficult/painful/ unpleasant can often lead to something good, in this case your empathy and subsequent desire to help ( I somehow imagine very sucessfully) others facing similar challenges and prejudices.

          I am so enjoying these conversations with you, I like the sesnsibilities and intelligence I’m seeing and you keep on making me laugh too!

      • elmediat

        I was wrong, the link appears to be oblivious.
        Because the cataract was not detected till I was five, surgery at that time was not considered viable. I now have a artificial lens that allows some added sight, which in turn reduces eye fatigue. My brain is, however, now hardwired to process visual stimulus from one dominant eye. As a consequence, three D movies and one dimensional political platforms appear blurrrry & disjointed, giving me headaches.

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