Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, a visual condition that leaves 1 in 33,000 people completely colourblind: A person with such a disorder is only able to see black, white, and shades of grey. However, Neil possesses a new way of registering colour – a new sense, you could say – being the ability to hear colour. Greg Brunkalla has created a short film as part of The Connected Series which documents a day in Neil’s life. As the film explains, Neil’s antenna enables him to recognise colours in an entirely different way.
Irish documentary photographer Richard Mosse is most famous for his series called ‘Infra’; a collection of surreal photographs taken with infrared film in order to capture the conflict in the Eastern Congo. Kodak Aerochrome, the film used by Mosse, which was originally created for reconnaissance purposes, renders the green tones in vivid pinks and reds. Infrared light is invisible to the human eye and it has been said that Mosse’s use of such film can be seen as metaphorical for the often overlooked problems that occur in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mosse himself explained that his reasoning for employing this unique technique was to bring “two counter-worlds into collision: art’s potential to represent narratives so painful that they exist beyond language, and photography’s capacity to document specific tragedies and communicate them to the world.”.
Austin-based artist Emily Blincoe creates beautiful collection arrangements offering great precision in terms of gradient in colour and texture. Blincoe produces collages inspired by faces, shapes, colors, light and quiet little moments: they feature an array of flowers, fruits, vegetables and other organic objects (even eggs!). Her piece called ‘Sugar Series’ features the meticulous organisation of different sweets and chocolates. There is a fun essence of spontaneity about her work and Blincoe’s creativity has earned her nearly 400,000 followers on Instagram as well as a substantial following on Flickr and Tumblr.