tactile mind: A book of nude (3-D) photographs for the blind and vision impaired.
(Because I know a few people out there need convincing-) by Lisa J. Murphy
tactile mind (pages and book ) makes a great gift for any occasion.
This book is handmade by myself from home in about 150 feet of space. My thermoform machine sits inbetween windows for best air-flow, surrounded by tables with the master diagrams and the thermoform plastic tactile copies . (My apartment is currently a disaster area of artwork. shipping supplies, and dirty dishes).
Each book is signed and numbered, and because of the hand-made nature of the project, each book and the individual diagrams are a little bit different – no two are the same.
It’s the self-published indie book that’s received world recognition.There was no financial backing or publishing house in the background. It was merely me, throwing down a few million pounds of wings and even more jugs of draft, to try to make enough money to produce this. At this point, I believe every country in the world has run press regarding ‘tactile mind’, every time I search the internet, there are more articles on this project. Even though I’ve been misquoted about a million times, I am really happy this book has started a dialogue about “equalizing” people with disabilities of any sort. It’s amazing how in this day and age there are still so many generalizations about people with disabilities.We are all human, we all have needs, and wants, and dislikes.
A few of my favorite press/interviews (right now, off the top of my head) include: CNN, BBC World Service, “Q”CBC, ABC, Michel Comte, Jay Thomas Show (Howard Stern Network), Rachel Ray, The Daily Telegraph, The National Post, Global T.V., AOL, (and there are so many others!). I have talked to so many amazing journalists from all over the world in the past month, since the story launched with The Toronto Star.
Sighted, vision impaired, or blind – this book (and pages) are great to touch! I’ve watched people grab it and start feeling the pages. And so many people have different opinions of this work. It’s been called everything from erotic and pornographic, to crap. It’s just a cool book of my photographs, done in a style to make my work more accessible.