João Maia is one of the many photographers covering the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. There’s something that sets him apart from most of the others, though: he lost his sight over a decade ago.
“You don’t need to see to take photographs. My eyes are in my heart,” Maia tells First Post. “Photography is about sensitivity. I think it’s marvelous to be able to show how I perceive the world, how I see it, sense it.”
After starting in photography with a traditional camera back in 2008, these days Maia mostly shoots photos with his smartphone and uses the sounds around him as a reference. The photos are then passed on to helpers that assist Maia in editing them and sharing them with the world through social media.
Here are some of Maia’s photos from the Paralympics:
You can find more of Maia’s work on his Instagram.