Synesthesia is a phenomenon I’ve always found fascinating. And have you ever thought about what it would look like to turn it into photos? Finland-based photographer Dasha Pears has synesthesia and sees every letter in a specific color. She decided to turn these letters into conceptual photos – and Synesthetic Letters were born. This project is not only unusual but also colorful and super-creative. Dasha kindly shared her photos with DIYP, so let’s see what color is the first letter of your name!
For this project, Dasha teamed up with her friend, stylist Jane Kristoferson. Interestingly enough, Jane has the same type of synesthesia as Dasha, and it’s commonly referred to as grapheme-color synesthesia. It’s one of the most common types of this phenomenon, and it allows a person to associate numerals and letters with specific colors.
“Since I was a kid, I found it very easy to remember people’s names and was very surprised when others had problems with it,” Dasha writes. “Just because each name has always had a specific color, usually the color of its initial.” She thought as a kid that everyone saw the world just the same, and only two years ago she realized that she was a synesthete.
Dasha and Jane shot Synesthetic Letters across two countries, Finland and Russia. What’s even more impressive, they did it with basically no budget. As you’ll probably notice, there are some letters missing from the alphabet, but they will be added to this ongoing project. The two ladies were affected by the pandemic just like the rest of us, so they’ll add the three missing letters when the borders between Finland and Russia reopen.
via Bored Panda