Published: 03 August 2017 by: Emily Russ

Image by Sanne De Wile – sourced via https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/43d7z9/infrared-photography-captures-neon-world-colorblind-islanders?utm_source=vicefbus

No, these images aren't altered with some pastel filter. This is the remote Pacific island of Pingelap, in Micronesia, as seen through the eyes of its locals.

An atoll around only 1.8 square kilometres in size, Pingelap is known as ‘The Island of the Colourblind’ because of its mostly colourblind population, with a startling number suffering from total colour-blindness and an increased sensitivity to light.

Image by Sanne De Wilde – sourced via https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/43d7z9/infrared-photography-captures-neon-world-colorblind-islanders?utm_source=vicefbus

When photographer Sanne De Wilde heard about the island and its story, she visited Pinglelap and captured the viewpoint of its locals using infrared technology (red is the colour Pingelapese are most able to recognise). The series, as included in her book The Island of the Colorblind, features a range of black-and-white and otherworldly infrared images, and shows an interesting side of one of the world's most remote destinations. 

Image by Sanne De Wilde – sourced via https://creators.vice.com/en_us/article/43d7z9/infrared-photography-captures-neon-world-colorblind-islanders?utm_source=vicefbus

To discover more about Pingelap and purchase a copy of The Island of the Colorblind, visit the publisher's website here.

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