USC Upstate Brings “Impaired Perceptions” Exhibit to Campus on Tuesday, September 15

September 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to welcome photographer Brian Charles Steel and his art exhibit “Impaired Perceptions,” from 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2015 in the Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom.

The exhibition, a black and white portrait series, features people with a variety of impairments, some very noticeable and others more discrete.

“The focus of the series is to view others as individuals.” Steel said. “I use direct eye contact and tenebrism to draw the viewer’s eye to the subject’s eyes to aid the viewer in seeing the person in the photograph as an individual.”

Tenebrism is a Baroque technique of illuminating focal points to draw the viewer’s eye. Each of the photographs is accompanied by an interview with the subject, highlighting that person’s story in the individual’s own words.

Following the exhibit, these pieces can be viewed via a virtual art exhibit through September 29 at

Steel is a fine art photographer and disability activist who was born with congenital fiber-type disproportion. His work has been featured on CNN and Disability Horizons. He is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design and holds a master’s degree in fine arts in photography.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.