Sharlee Davis March 7, 2010The following photos are part of a story I photographed recently for the Bloomington Herald-Times. The images are part of an audio slideshow that was published online with the story. Sharlee Davis shares a laugh on Monday, March 1, 2010, in the living room of her Bloomington home. Davis, who suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, says her blindness is “something to work around.” Sharlee Davis stretches her legs between laps during a swim on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the Monroe County YMCA. Davis suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a eye disease that progressively gets worse over a period of several years. Diagnosed with the disease more than 20 years ago when she was 21, and she now can only make out light and dark patches. Sharlee Davis makes her way from the pool to the whirlpool after swimming a mile on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the Monroe County YMCA. Davis swims a mile three or four times a week depending on her schedule. Sharlee Davis places her guitar back in its case on Monday, March 1, 2010, in her Bloomington home. Davis and her songwriting partner, Will Devitt, use rooms in Davis’ house as a studio to record their music. Sharlee Davis makes a lap in the pool on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the Monroe County YMCA. Davis swims in the last lane of the pool because she says the light is brighter there, allowing her to see the black line on the bottom of the lane somedays. Sharlee Davis wipes water out of her eyes after swimming a mile on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the Monroe County YMCA. Davis says it takes her around 40 minutes to swim a mile in the pool, an activity she does three to four times a week.
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