Here's What Piccadilly Circus Looks Like If You're Colour Blind

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 35 months ago
Here's What Piccadilly Circus Looks Like If You're Colour Blind

Piccadilly Circus: vibrant not just for its hustle and bustle, but the popping palette of ads blaring from its 'megascreen' (and often reflected in great big puddles on the street below). This is how many people see it:

If you're one of the 300 million people who suffer from colourblindness, however, you'll see this scene somewhat differently. In collaboration with Colour Blind Awareness UK, Lens Store has created a set of images, allowing you to see through through the eyes of three different types of colour blindness.

Here's what the same shot looks like if you have protanopia. That's the inability to process red light, and best evidenced in this image by the London bus and 'Great Coke Taste'.

Now here's Piccadilly Circus through the eyes of someone with deuteranopia — the absence of photoreceptors capable of processing green light. Everything here seems to take on a pinkish hue:

And here's that same image again, through tritanopia — the inability to process blue light. It's a rare form of colour blindness, which confuses light blues with greys, dark purples with black, mid-greens with blues, and oranges with reds. Now that pink hue becomes exacerbated. But the red London bus does indeed appear red.

Explore more world landmarks through the eyes of protanopia, deuteranopia and tritanopia.

Last Updated 26 February 2019