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AJ Schroetlin from Fort Collins, CO took up photography as a hobby after an accident left him mostly blind in his left eye. The former homebuilder took a series of jobs, but quickly realized that he wanted to make his new hobby into a career. After seeing an ad for a Lensbaby, he bought one and began experimenting, quickly noticing that the sweet spot of focus works best when it is surrounded by a complimenting blur.

Above are two of his many Lensbaby shots, check out more here.

The accident had left the vision in Schroetlin’s left eye completely blurred, while his right eye still has 20/20 vision, meaning that he naturally saw things in this way already—sharp in the middle and blurred on the edges.