Colour Blindness

Mariia Papusha

years old,
London, originaly from Dnipro, Ukraine

Colour blindness is a peculiarity of vision in which a person loses sensitivity to colours and stops distinguishing them. I first encountered colour blindness in 2021 during a psychology class in school. We were playing a reaction speed game where we had to quickly name colours. One player on our team consistently made mistakes and took a considerable amount of time to name a colour. As a result, our team lost the game. I felt frustrated, not because of the loss, but because he received a barrage of name-calling, such as "colour-blind" with other kids using colour blindness as an insult.

A few years later, as we were all considering our career paths and universities, the same boy discovered his colour blindness during a pilot aptitude test. I felt deeply sorry for him, knowing that being a pilot was his dream and it was impossible with colour blindness.

As I delved deeper into the topic, I realised how many people around me suffer from colour blindness, affecting 8% of the entire male population. Each person from this group has their own story of struggle: one fears judgment and mockery, and another is angry at his peculiarity in everyday life. Then there's the child getting scolded for drawing a rainbow in the wrong way, or someone who feels frustrated at not being able to see all the colours of their girlfriend's lipstick. All these scenarios make me want to normalise attitudes towards colour blindness, accept its varying degrees of manifestation, and foster tolerance.

Through this series of photographs, I want to show the world through the eyes of a colour-blind person depicting the difficulties they face in everyday life.

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