Life in Shades of Gray

True story...

A few years ago, digital twilight almost became a reality (after I had picked the name ironically) - a rather scary reality actually.

One morning I woke up and the usually brilliant morning sun and colours seemed a bit faded. Seemed odd at the time but I dismissed it as too much 'monitor time'.

As the day went on the colours faded even further, sort of washed out.

This went on for a couple of weeks, I would wake up and over the course of the day the colours I could see would fade, almost like an over-washed print summer dress.

Then one day I woke up and the colours were gone - black and white, gray, still perfectly in focus but without any colour. I freaked.

A battery of tests and doctor visits later, even an MRI, and nadas. The usual 'something is going on with your optic nerve' but no tumours, MR, cataracts, zippola. My doctor even seemed to think it was temporary. I wasn't too confident.

This went on for a couple months, then one morning I woke up and the colours dazzled me - they were back!

Since then there has never been a repeat of that - thank dawg! But as an artist I have often wondered what it would be like to go through life without seeing colours - perfect vision but a world of grayscale. Dunno about you but it would drive me nuts!

Anyway, a few more images about life in shades of gray...

Mark