hai society sometimes offers few opportunities for blind people. Yet, in the southern tourist town of Phuket, 12 found each other and a way to survive.
On a city side street, 12 blind Thais spend their days in a windowed massage shop. Trained in traditional Thai massage at a Bangkok school for the blind, they use only four senses to navigate their world. When the last customer leaves, the cramped, bare shop becomes their home.
Together, they are a self-sufficient community, using their collective vision – from complete darkness to blurry images – to thrive.
For most blind Thais, two blind eyes see only a life of loneliness and confusion. But for these certified masseurs, 24 blind eyes together ensure a future of independence and pride.