Just past the front desk of the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Branch on West Wisconsin Avenue, there’s a hallway you have to walk through to get to the stacks. Through the end of November, that hallway will be lined with a series of striking black and white photographic portraits.
The "My Heart Is Not Blind" exhibition is made up of photographs, a book, and audio recordings by Texas photographer Michael Nye. They tell the stories of people who have been affected by blindness or limited vision. Nye says he's been working on the project for seven years. The exhibition was brought to Milwaukee by Wisconsin’s Vision Forward, a nonprofit group that works with people who've experienced vision loss.
"This exhibit is about our shared humanity and our shared fragility," says Nye. "I think we all share both of those qualities in our lives. And it’s about adaptation and about perception, and it’s about understanding."
We met Nye at Milwaukee Public Library's Central Branch to see the exhibit and learn more about why he was compelled to tell these stories: