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Deafblind ‘Undateables’ Star Announces Photography Exhibition

Ian Treherne announces major solo exhibition of his photographic work in London 

Ian Treherne, a deafblind photographer who starred in hit TV show ‘The Undateables’ earlier in the year, has announced a new solo exhibition in London.

Ian, 38 from Rochford, Essex, was born partially deaf and with limited vision, due to a condition called Usher Syndrome, which causes progressive eyesight deterioration. Ian’s appearance on Channel 4 show: ‘The Undateables’, highlighted his work as a photographer, and the effects his sensory impairments have on his artwork and creative process.

Ian’s latest exhibition, ‘Release’, showcased at the Fiumano Projects in Central London from the 15th February until the 10th March, 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 Treherne, from Rochford, Essex, 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. Despite losing my eyesight slowly, I still want to show society the beauty I see and the conundrum I live with.

I hope ‘Release’ helps give the public a better understanding of what it’s like to have Usher Syndrome or sensory impairments.”

Sense Deputy Chief Executive, Richard Kramer, whose national disability charity has provided support to Ian, said:

“This exhibition is about celebrating Ian’s work as an incredibly talented photographer. We also know that the challenges facing people with dual sensory loss mean that people can feel withdrawn, depressed and isolated. 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.”

For more information on the exhibition please visit – www.sense.org.uk

For more information on Usher Syndrome, deafblindness or sensory impairments, please visit – www.sense.org.uk