By Jack Williams
The is the beautiful moment a colourblind landscape photographer saw full colour for the very first time – and was brought to tears.
By putting on a pair of specially-designed glasses, David Wilder was able to see the true vividness of the world he had been photographing professionally for around a decade.
David, 35, decided the optimum spot to have such an experience would be during sunrise in the Vesturhorn mountain range of Iceland, and having put on the EnChroma glasses, the photographer was initially taken aback.
Moments later, having inspected the colour of his hat and taken in the purples, red and oranges of the setting sun, the photographer began to tear up.
David, who lives near Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, said: “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 colour.
“I honestly didn’t think it was real!
“I just remember turning to my friend and saying, ‘This is what you see?’
“It was like a curtain of colour just rushed over my view and everything became so much more vivid.
“Colours I didn’t see before – the subtle blends – appeared.
“I felt like I was learning colour all over again.”
There are three main types of colourblindness – Protanopia, Deuteranopia, and Tritanopia – with David having Deuteranopia.
This is a form of red-green colourblindness, where the eyes are insensitive to green but overly sensitive to yellows, oranges and reds – the colours that would have made up the sunset.
This results in the likes of greens, reds and yellows appearing the same, while others, like blue and purple, are tough to tell apart.
David said: “Colourblindness causes me to focus more on the other elements of an image, my composition, the light and technique – like long exposure photography.
“In some ways it has helped me develop a stronger skill set in those other areas.”
Having written about being a colourblind photographer in January, David was contacted by EnChroma and he purchased two pairs of their glasses.
It was not until he travelled to Iceland, though, that he decided to wear the glasses for the first time – and in such a stunning setting.
He joked that the glasses became quite foggy – maybe from the air, but really from the emotion of the moment.
David, whose long-term goal is to open a gallery, added: “My hope has always been to inspire others to follow their dreams.
“To go after whatever makes them happy regardless of their obstacles.
“Some of my happiest moments in life are the ones where I have achieved something despite setbacks.
“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.”