Thank you to Charlie on Facebook for sending me a link to this article about film director Nicolas Winding Refn, and how he believes his colour blindness affects the look of his films. He says:
“I’m colorblind. I can’t see mid-colors. That’s why all my films are very contrasted, if it were anything else I couldn’t see it.”
I actually find Refn’s use of colour so emphatic that it distracts me from the story that he’s telling, but I share his appetite for high contrast and saturated colour. Many of my favourite painters produce work that fits this description. Perhaps this preference is related to my own colour blindness. Here are some examples.