What if you could see the world through the eyes of someone who can't see? What if you could witness their most precious memories captured by artificial intelligence and a talented photographer? That's the idea behind "As Far As The Eye Can See," a concept conceived and orchestrated by Australie.GAD for Optic 2000, a French network of opticians, in partnership with the Optic 2000 Group's foundation and the Valentin Hauÿ Association, a leading organization for the visually impaired in France.
The concept involves a unique photo exhibition created by artificial intelligence based on memorable mental images described by visually impaired individuals. These images have never existed anywhere else but in their minds until now.
The project aims to raise public awareness about the cause of visual impairments and to show that disability shouldn't be a barrier to creativity and artistic expression. It also celebrates the resilience and imagination of those who live beyond darkness with light.
To create this exhibition, four visually impaired people selected from among the association's members shared the most meaningful memories of their lives with photographer Marc Da Cunha Lopes. These memories ranged from childhood scenes to romantic moments, from landscapes to portraits. Da Cunha Lopes then worked on fine-tuning the memories shared to push the realism of each as far as possible. He used artificial intelligence tools to generate realistic images based on the descriptions and then added his artistic touch to enhance them.