Blind Walks and New Experiences

The first day of class can be nerve racking for anyone. New students, a new class and a new subject to learn, who wouldn't be nervous!? Although I must say on my first day of my Intro to Design 101 class, nervous was an understatement. When we arrived to class our teacher informed us that we'd be participating in a blind walk around Philadelphia. You could see the panic-stricken faces around the classroom, including my own. A blind walk? What is a blind walk? How do you even do a blind walk? We have to go outside? Not your typical first day of class, that's for sure. So our teacher brought us outside of Anderson Hall and lined us up one by one, and made us close our eyes and grab on to the person in front of us' shoulder. Under no circumstances were we to let go of the person's shoulder, or more importantly open our eyes! After 40 minutes of stumbling around the city, twisting and turning around corners, walking down stairs, and if you were like me, tripping over your own feet we finally reached our destination where our teacher then split us up individually away from the group. We were then instructed to open our eyes on the count of three. I did as was told and was overcome with many emotions, confusion, apprehension, pain from the sunlight hitting my eyes, but most of all I was in awe of what I was seeing. Little did we all know our professor took us on a confusing and irratic path to Rittenhouse Square Park. Being a newcomer to Philadelphia myself, I have never seen this park before and seeing it for the first time after being literally blinded for 40 minutes was an amazing view. After we took in the sights and our surroundings we then ventured back to the classroom where our teacher told us that the blind walk was for us to experience the world in a new way. Opening our ears and other senses to the world around us without our sight, and then really focusing on and examining the world for the first brief moment our eyes opened for the first time. Our teacher then explained to us that he wanted us to venture back to the park with a disposable camera for homework and document the feelings and encounters we experienced through the lens of a camera. I have scanned a few of many images I took to share. Needless to say it was a great experience and a first day of class I will not soon forget!


Jan 31, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ricky Michiels
Graphic Design '15
Baldwin, New york

Ricky is a transfer student from Long Island, New York. He currently is working to obtain his Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design here at The University of the Arts. Ricky is always open to new ideas and expierences and works his hardest in areas of design and art in general to create new ideas and concepts that are visually interesting and thought provoking. He has much to offer in the emerging industry of design and visual art.