Humans of Truckee: When Believing is Seeing

Laura Lawson Visconti, a professional photographer, has been able to overcome the challenges she’s faced despite suffering from a rare eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. She was diagnosed in 2010 when she found out she had lost her peripheral vision. But Visconti does not let her eye disease define who she is, but rather it inspires her to live her life to the fullest. Photo series and audio documentary by Kenzie Mertz shared with Reynolds Sandbox.

Visconti says he continues to keep living her life to the fullest with the support of her friends and family. Her words of encouragement would be to always say yes to opportunities because you never know where they may take you.
Listen to the in her own words audio mini-documentary by Kenzie Mertz above.

Visconti, the content creator and photographer for Tahoe University located in Truckee, CA, says that her vision expands when looking through the viewfinder of her camera, allowing her to see more of her surroundings than when she is not looking through her camera.

Visconti says her biggest challenge with her rare eye condition is not being able to drive.
Visconti expresses how influential and supportive her husband (Nick Visconti) has been through this journey. She describes her husband as an “adrenaline junkie” so she credits a lot of her ability of stepping out of her comfort zone to him.
The verse Philippeans 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Jesus” is written on a chalkboard sign that hangs next to the entry way door of Visconti’s house. She emphasizes how much her faith has been a huge impact in dealing with her eye condition.
Visconti has about 145,000 followers. Instagram: lauralawsonvisconti

Visconti has been able to inspire thousands of people through her huge following on Instagram. She says that she has received amazing traveling/work opportunities that she would not have been able to do without her huge following.

Audio and Photo Story shared with Reynolds Sandbox by Kenzie Mertz

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