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Seeing Color Colorblind: Protanopia Part I Paperback – May 8, 2016
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From the Author
This book, in Kindle and paperback editions, represents a labor of love and a journey of collaboration for me and my adult son with severe red deficient vision. These were his comments when we were able to complete this phase of the project:
"I hope that the book interests people, as well as maybe teachers,schools, pediatricians and anyone else who's around or deals with colorblind young people! I remember getting sent to the principal's office by a teacher who didn't know any better who sent me to the principal multiple times for coloring things incorrectly - she alleged I was being disobedient, when really I was coloring the best I could based on how I saw things."
"All the respective pairs of images look the same to me. This book will help people (who care) interact with colorblind people who are young, old, and somewhere in between."
'While there are several types or kinds of colorblindness, this addresses the most common type, red-green, at its extreme form, which is how I see things! At minimum, people who read this will hopefully finally realize that colorblind people DO see color, they merely see it differently from people with "normal" color vision. It would be an amazing accomplishment if the general public would realize this!"
"The only thing I can think of to add to the written portions of the book would be to add something to describe how colorblind people have been used for decades for military applications such as locating enemy positions because of the ability to see camouflage amidst nature, and how other governmental agencies use colorblind people for special applications, such as the FAA, etc."
About the Author
Susan Brandt Graham is an award winning photographic artist formally trained in Anthropology (PhD), and Medicine (MD). Her current main photographic interests are conceptual photography and photo essays.You may see more of her work at
In "Seeing Color Colorblind" she uses the art and technology of digital photography to unlock the fascinating world seen through the eyes of her son and father, both with severe red color deficiencies. Intrigued since the early1970's with how the two of them could watch a football game on a black and white television and discuss "the blue team and the yellow team," she solved the mystery as she worked on "seeing color colorblind." Available at Amazon in both a paperback version and a Kindle version.
Her other books currently available in Kindle format at Amazon include"Persephone's Choice: Every Woman's Dilemma" and "How to Mount and Mat an 8x10 Photo for a Rose Show, Cost Effectively and Efficiently."
Watch for her next book, "Day of the Dead: Albuquerque Style," coming soon, in paperback format.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you have ever wondered how the 1% to 2% of the population who are "colorblind" see color, "Seeing Color Colorblind: Protanopia Part I" is an excellent introduction for people who see in color to see how "colorblind" people see the world (use a Kindle Fire or open it in Amazon's Cloud Reader to see the book in color).
Susan's father was colorblind and her son is colorblind, also, but she said she never really understood the impact that color blindness had on them until recently. Through her photography and the many tools available for digital image processing, she has created a series of diptychs, with a normal color photo and the same photo processed to the colors that a person with protanopia (severe red deficiency) sees set side by side. Her son has helped her with the images so when he looks at the pair they look the same to him (if you look at the photos on a regular or paper white Kindle, both photos look the same).
It's really amazing what Susan has accomplished by putting this book together and showing us what people with protanopia see when they look at color photographs. I had the common misconception that people with severe colorblindness see the world in more of a black and white or gray scale, when it turns out that they see color in black and white because they are not seeing the colors of the spectrum blended together that make black and white as I see it. "Seeing Color Colorblind: Protanopia Part I" is a fascinating view into another world, and is uniquely Susan because it is 100% art on the one hand, and 100% science on the other blended together into a single source. Which makes it a wonderful resource for parents, teachers, spouses, partners and healthcare professionals to help them understand how their loved ones, pupils and patients with colorblindness see the world.
Susan always wondered how her father and son could watch a football game on their black and white TV and talk about the "blue team" and the "yellow team". She thought it was a joke, until she finally realized they were seeing the teams in blue and yellow. Susan writes:
"On March 15, 2015 I saw the first in a series of videos made by EnChroma, a company that makes glasses that help many people with color deficiencies see a broader range of colors. I must have watched the video at least twenty times that day, and cried throughout. I thought of the times my son had said, "I wish just once, even if just for a minute, I could see the world the way other people do. 'Finally, here was a chance, I thought.' My mother saw the video, and immediately ordered some of the EnChroma glasses for her grandson."
It turned out that the glasses didn't really do a lot for her son, but they helped a little. Since the technology is not to the point that it can help her son see color more like the most people, she started to wonder if there was a way that she "could see the would through his eyes." And the answer was "yes" and the result is "Seeing Color Colorblind: Protanopia Part I."