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About Caileigh Barnett’s work
There are many variations of color blindness and there is nothing that can perfectly show the comparison from normal to color-blind vision. Though there are tools to be able to see the differences more closely. My sustained investigation focused on red/green color blindness. My inquiries about how they would see everyday objects or moments are what led me to come across a color-blind comparison chart. This scientific chart gave a general idea of how a few colors look to red/green color-blind people. I referenced it for the first three projects until the color change began to make less sense. So, I found the Sim Daltonism app that had a more accurate color shift. I generated questions about various shades of one color, how red and green together in one photo would appear, and how the colors of a rainbow might change. I used this app for a few physical projects and then as I shifted to photography I realized this filter made the photo quality decrease. So, instead, I used the blurry photos as a guide for color and used the VSCO photo editing app and its many different tools to change the colors and tones without giving up the quality. The result was greater color-blind accuracy.
Is it difficult for the colorblind to see contrasts in various tones of one color?
How much darker and more gray would an array of neon colors appear to colorblind eyes? How will the neon orange of fire appear when put through a colorblind filter? If variants of red are put through a deuteranomaly filter how will they appear? How would the colors of the rainbow from the light through glass translate for the color blind? When red and green are in the same photo can they be differentiable to red/green color blindness? How would a busy image with conflicting colors appear to someone who is color blind?
First I used a color blind chart that was very dramatic and did not have a lot of various colors to work with, the colors didn’t seem to match right and the red / green colors weren’t changing how they should.
Then I found a better, more accurate color-blind filter app that could be put over other images and objects and it gave the (almost) exact color change for the specific color immediately. I used it for a few projects and the colors came out a ton better. When I switched to photography I first tried to use just the app but it made the photos blurry and although the colors changed, the quality decreased. So, instead I found a new way to interpret the filter and photos. I used the blurry photos as a guide for color and used the VSCO photo editing app and it’s many different tools to change the colors and tones without giving up the quality. This worked amazingly and the pictures created a more accurate and clear color shift from normal vision to colorblind vision.
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