David Wilder, a landscape photographer who happens to be color-blind, was moved to tears after putting on specially designed EnChroma glasses that let him see vivid color for the first time.
David, who lives near the beautiful landscape of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, told StoryTrender, “At first I was shocked – I froze for what felt like an eternity. I couldn’t believe that I had been missing out on so much color. I honestly didn’t think it was real! I just remember turning to my friend and saying, ‘This is what you see?’”
David has deuteranopia, one of the three main types of color blindness. People with deuteranopia have a difficult time distinguishing red from green.
However, David’s color blindness hasn’t stopped him from living out his dream as a photographer.
“Color blindness causes me to focus more on the other elements of an image, my composition, the light and technique – like long exposure photography,” he said. “In some ways it has helped me develop a stronger skill set in those other areas.”
“My hope has always been to inspire others to follow their dreams,” he continued. “I would like to thank EnChroma for creating something so meaningful to so many people. I also would like to thank my dear friend and phenomenal photographer Rachel Jones Ross for encouraging me to put the glasses on that morning. I don’t know if I would have been brave enough without her there.”
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