Color is a key element when it comes to photography. Whether its black and white, or bright, vibrant colors, it’s integral part of expressing emotion. But what about colorblind photographers? Well, Vino Optics has created glasses to help them surpass that, giving colorblind artists and photographers the ability to skin coloring and generally help them see better.
According to the National Institute of Health, colorblindness affects mostly males—around eight percent of men to be exact, and only 0.5 percent of women. There is no cure for colorblindness, but with technological advances like this, daily lives of those affected can be greatly improved.
Colorblindness affects those in every profession, not just photography. Seeing color from a dimmer perspective can weaken someone’s work abilities.
Vino Optic’s color correction glasses enhance the red-green signal in a person’s vision, as red-green is the most common indicator of colorblindness. What this means is that those who are colorblind can not differentiate reds and greens from browns and oranges, they simply have a different perception. The glasses enhance this signal red-green and allows those with this weakness to see better. According to the company, red-green allows primates to see “emotions, health, and other states.”
In 2014, PetaPixel published an article, “Confessions of a Colorblind Photographer,” in which the writer, a photojournalist, reflects on his life and profession through a colorblind lens.
“All I can do is push on and keep making pictures. In some ways, my color blindness might help me by seeing things differently from everyone else,” he said in the article. “Maybe I’ve been forced to focus more on content, composition and other visual elements that I do have control over.”
Additionally, in 2016 these glasses were given to high school art students who struggle with colorblindness. You can read more about their experience here.
Maybe these glasses will give photographers a whole new perspective, and possibly better content than they’ve created in the past.
[featured image via Barlett Art Department]