A PHOTOGRAPHER from Rochford who starred in Channel 4 TV show The Undateables has a solo exhibition in London.
Ian Treherne, 38, was born partially deaf and with limited vision, due to a condition called Usher Syndrome, which causes progressive eyesight deterioration.
His appearance on the TV show highlighted his work as a photographer, and the effects his sensory impairments have on it.
Ian’s exhibition, Release, is at the Fiumano Projects in London from February 15 until March 10, and references the photographer’s own personal journey as a partially sighted artist, alongside a selection of his intimate and candid portraits, film and woodwork.
Ian said: “I’ve always been fascinated by photography and have found it an incredible tool to capture the beauty of the world around me in spite of my sensory impairments, combining my creativity and disability.
“However, I recently took a two-year break from photography due to eyesight deterioration, which I found very difficult to cope with.
“My creative mission is to find my place in society in spite of my limited vision but I’ve never felt I fitted in as a person, let alone an artist, and have struggled to participate in the world around me.
“After years of hiding away my disability, this exhibition will be a celebration of opening up, vocalising and showcasing my visions through photography.
“I hope Release helps give the public a better understanding of what it’s like to have Usher Syndrome or sensory impairments.”
"Despite losing my eyesight slowly, I still want to show society the beauty I see and the conundrum I live with."
Richard Kramer, deputy chief executive of Sense, a national disability charity which has provided support to Ian, said:“Ian has shown bravery in how honest and open he has been about his struggle, and we hope this will give others in his position strength.
“I hope as many people as possible can make it down to the exhibition.”