Friday, December 18, 2009

A Golden World

Who knew that the lenses we were born with would turn amber over time, giving our view onto the world a warm, golden tint? When these lenses develop cataracts, headlights become searchlights, and road striping disappears in the brilliant aura, making night driving really, really scary for everyone involved.

If one is fortunate, out goes the old lens, like an amber M&M, and in goes a sliver of high-tech synthethic. Trouble is, the new lens is as clear as the day you were born. The world through one eye is icy blue, and through the other eye, it is as golden as October in the woods. Eventually both my eyes will see the same clear world, and I wonder what this will mean to the things I make. Will the work look like it has been devised in a high latitude studio with chill Northern light, instead of a dreamland nearer the middle bulge of the globe? We will see, as they say.


  1. So does the world look more distinct and whiter?

  2. Through my left eye it does. Right now my brain is moderating between the clear-seeing eye and the yellow-seeing eye, so binocularly speaking, my outlook has a weak amber tint. When the right eye is done next Monday, there will be no going back to the warm world. The purpose of the new lens is to make things clearer, and I can see the difference.

    My doctor, David Cooke, told me today that the extreme blueness I experienced directly after the procedure has diminished because my brain knew that it was too radical a change and made some chromatic adjustments. Imagine that --- your brain working for you instead of against you! I'm a walking, talking Photoshop CS3 Photo Filter.