This morning I woke up with this debate going on (at around 6.30am in the morning) and if you haven’t heard then well, where have you been today? I am only kidding… basically a girl called Caitlin posted a photo of a wedding outfit a friend’s mum was wearing. The dress sparked a massive debate because people are seeing some very different colours. This dress caused a massive storm on social media, amongst celebrities and even all the major newspapers around UK have covered this story so if you want to just type in “the blue and black dress” a lot of news feeds will pop up. You will not be short of reading material. Massive celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini got involved with this debate BUT why am I covering this story on MGAM? Well because it is to do with the way our eyes see colour and it is rather interesting. I have been a bit geeky about it and been doing some reading on the science behind this.
I was really fascinated as well because when I woke up at 6.30am as usual for my preggers weak bladder wake up call and I quickly checked my phone. I do it every morning when I wake up at that time, it is just a habit and I saw this flash up on my twitter news feed. It said ” what colour is the dress” I took one look and thought HELLOOOO obviously it is black and blue. I thought nothing of it and went straight back to sleep. When I woke up again at 8am I looked at my twitter again and by then my news feed was full of photos of this dress BUT this time all I can see was white and gold.
I was totally baffled by this because it is the same dress and I clicked on the same link as before just to double check if my eyes gone mad but no… I can no longer see the dress in black and blue and all I can see was white and gold. I know that was the debate behind this dress because many people around the world are seeing it in different colours but I was just amazed that in the space of time, under two hours, I saw two totally different colour with my own eyes. The lighting at 6.30am was of course very different to 8am. At 8am the sun was shining in comparison to the dark sky at 6.30, with auto backlighting on the phone in full force this was THE factor why I saw two different colours. Our eyes are evolved to view colour in a world where the main source of light is sunlight so it makes perfect sense why I saw 2 different colours because the lighting was so different.
Human brains have learned to see objects by light bouncing off them and back to our retinas. It then learns to register the colour by what the actual light source is and then subtract that colour from the actual colour of the object. It sounds confusing but in a nutshell the sunlight factor has a lot to do with what colours we see. So what colour can you see? By the way the actual colour of the dress is black and blue so it is pretty amazing how so many people including me can see white and gold. That is one optical illusion for you and the debate will probably carry on for a few days but do the experiment yourself. You may see two different colours like I did too depending on the time of day. On that mind boggling note… have a great weekend! See you back here on Monday!