International Women's Day

It's International Women's Day and I'm proud to say that I have been fortunate enough to participate. As a woman, and one with a visual disability, I have proven success to myself and others. I hope I can be inspirational to others who might be struggling and unsure of their abilities, to push forward if it's what you truly want.

As of today I have 1155 images for sale on Dreamstime and have sold 171 of them. Although that may not seem like grandiose numbers, when I began this pursuit, (and my greeting card business) I had no clue if I could be successful. Through perseverance and sheer desire to do something I loved, as well as the will to overcome obstacles that could be handicapping, I consider myself a success, for the mere fact that I am doing what I thought I could never do.

To all the women, on this day, best wishes to you. You can do what you set out to do.

Sincerely,

Debbie

The shots I've included don't capture the full image so feel free to check out my portfolio. It's basically the story of my life. I'm trying to see the world before I can't.

Shadow

Tunnel light at the end

Hawaii mountains

Zion National Park Utah Mountains

Photo credits: Debra Tosca.
  • Debratos
  • Bonita Springs, United States
Several years ago I was diagnosed with a rare degenerative eye disease; macular telangiectasia. It was devastating news but I refused to let it stop me from living my life to its fullest. I joined a research group from the most prestigious eye institute in the USA, I volunteered to receive the latest and greatest investigational treatments and I set out to "see" the world before it was too late.

One of the most recent and best things I did was to purchase a Canon 5D Mark III digital camera. The eye and the camera lens are very similar, especially when they work together and create beauty. My Canon and I soon became inseparable. It didn't take me long to realize that I could once again see perfect through the lens of my DSLR. The leaves had veins, the bugs crawled in and out of flowers silently and the sunsets created rainbows of color often undetected by my naked eye. Babies had dimples, fences were covered with cobwebs and food displayed amazing textures. It was a whole new world!

I set out on a mission to duplicate the world to the best of my ability, for everyone to admire. I created a website, occasionalnotecards.com, designed e-cards from my photos and sold subscriptions to make donations to eye disease research. I began taking photos of my friends and family for my own memories as well as theirs and I started selling stock photos on Dreamstime.

Although it's only been two years since I first learned how to use my camera, edit my photos and create and run a web business, it's proven to be the most rewarding time of my life.

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Williamsphere

March 15, 2016

Excellent! You are an inspiration.

Wxh6763

March 10, 2016

very nice pictures!

Debratos

March 09, 2016

Thank you all for your nice compliments! You are all very kind.

Martingraf

March 09, 2016

I originally just wanted to say how inspiring your words are, but when I read the last sentence I realized what a great person you are and that no words can really say what I think, only that I hope that you will be able to take heaps of more pictures and share your memories with us.

Photographycornwall

March 08, 2016

Wow - you're such an inspirational person! Great post and a beautiful gallery. Keep at it and show life you won't be beaten :)

Sandrafoyt

March 08, 2016

Kudos! You are an inspiration and your photos are stunning; I particularly like the light at the end of the tunnel.