Spout Yard Gallery in Louth was the opening venue for an original exhibition by partially sighted photographer Nigel Limb. ‘Life on Mars’ tells the story of Nigel’s passion for photography and his determination to re-learn his art after a motorbike accident and resulting brain damage left him with a severe visual impairment. Photography has always been an important part of Nigel’s life. The exhibition’s presentation recalls childhood memories of his father converting their kitchen into a dark room to develop his photographs: a ritual which marked the start of Nigel’s love of photography. . Nigel calls himself the “Blindbloke” because, although he is not totally blind, that is how he prefers to describe his disability as he feels this helps people understand his experience. Nigel’s remaining sight allows him to see, in good light, silhouettes and vivid colours but no detail. He cannot see faces or recognise people by sight, only by their voice. His photography therefore, is now very different to his former work and he has had to completely change his approach. The photographs Nigel has chosen to show in this exhibition have multiple references, the light, colour and contrasts reflecting his limited visual perception and the subjects giving an insight into the other passions in Nigel’s life, some remaining constant since his accident: racing, music, fairgrounds and family and some new interests such as ten-pin bowling. The exhibition is not just about being visually impaired, it is also a very personal story about finding and maintaining optimism in the face of trauma and dramatic life changes. Nigel said, “To some people putting some photographs up in a gallery and setting up some artwork, might not seem like a massive achievement but for me this is a significant step in my journey back to living a ‘normal’ life. Pushing myself, not just to prepare the work but also to overcome the physical barriers of getting to the exhibition each day and then sitting in my dark room not knowing who was going to come through the door, is a great achievement for me and an experience I have thoroughly enjoyed.” “The final picture of the exhibition is called ‘Lust for Life’ and that is just what I have found through my journey.” Nigel would like to thank the Spout Yard Gallery for hosting his show and all those who came to see him and his work over the duration of the exhibition.