The Pacific Micronesia is sometimes known by its other name, the color blind island. This is the name Oliver Sacks gave to the island in his 1996 book exploring the human brain. Because of its strange genetic condition, Pingelap has aroused the interest of Sacks and many other scientists. According to legend, a devastating typhoon in 1775 caused a population bottleneck. One of the survivors, the ruler, carried a rare gene for extreme color blindness. Eventually, he passed on the genes to the island’s descendants.
Today, about 10 percent of the island’s population is still considered to have the disease, known as complete color blindness, and its incidence is significantly higher than that of the rest of the world. However, 10 percent is high enough that the concept of color and who can see it has gained new meaning among people in Pingelap.
Jaynard, color blind, and banana tree branches outside play. “He was wearing the mask I made for him for Halloween,” De Wilde wrote. “He liked it, so he kept going after a few days.”
Belgian photographer Sanne De Wilde used the concept of the island and color blindness to inspire a series of images of genetics. During a visit to Pingelap in 2015, she created a picture of a world that a color-blind person might see. Some are full black and white images. But several achromatopes say they can see subtle variations in color, such as red or blue. She USES infrared photo Settings and lenses to distort and mute certain colors. Then, on the art side, she invited some victims to paint some images with watercolors to reflect how they looked at the world.
Of course, the challenge of visual impairment is that it is difficult to understand what the eye has never seen before. What orange is a man who knows only black and white? “Color is just a word for those who can’t see it,” observed De Wilde. After returning from the island, she created a reverse osmosis device in her Amsterdam studio to mimic color blindness. Invite visitors to paint in colors that have never been seen before. Then, surprised and confused, they faced their blind and colorful artistic works.
The rest: Eric is a colorblind man who reacts to light when lighting a portrait for a flashlight. Pingelap has only solar power, and everyone walks with a flashlight in the evening. “I asked him to calm down and look at the lights,” Mr. Delveld wrote. Right: De Wilde took a black-and-white photograph of a parrot as a symbol of color. The image was later colored by a achromatope, and he did not know what color she was using.
The rest: “they burned all the garbage on the island,” De Wilde wrote. “At the same time, moving around the burning branches is a great way to protect mosquitoes.” The picture of the child with the burning object is black and white, and then painted in watercolor by people with achromatic vision. Yes: Jaynard, color blindness, using De Wilde disco lights from Belgium. “I asked him what he saw,” she wrote. “He said, ‘color’ and kept looking at the light.”
“What I really want to do is invite people to see the world in a new way and interact with it,” De Wilde said. Her other projects, albinism and dwarfism, account for the same overlap between genetics, geography and social stigma. But there are some primitive things in sight, and the eyes are the first ambassadors of the human body to enter the world. A project about color becomes a project about perspective, how two people never exactly the same.
Two Pingelapese boy wa seized the shore and took the fish out of the water to protect them from the shark attack. Fish is eaten raw, as in Japan, this dish is called sashimi.