Hi Maria 🙂
Don’t thank me, I’m honored to be part of your project. You take beautiful pictures and I look forward to you taking mine!
I never understood peoples fascination with my eyes, seeing your pictures I get it. They really show the amazing effect of heterochromia 🙂
How heterochromia affected my life? Not a whole lot apart from when I see medical proffesionals, doctors, nurses, fysiotherapists, vets, my dentist, going to the pharmacy.
I didn’t realise how unusual my eye colour was until I was in my early twenties, when some people noticed and made a big fuss over it. I was also hospitalised a couple of times in this period and realised medical staff look into your eyes a lot, and they had a funny reaction when they saw mine.
Since then whenever I go to a doctor (or similar), after the ususal introduction is made, handshake and name, I wait for that smile that indicates the person has seen my heterochromia – and usual wait half a minute, a minute, for it to sink in.
They never say anything, they just stare and smile. Those who are nearsighted can get very close, almost overstepping the threshold of my personal sphere. It can get to a point where it is annoying, and I feel like a freak show. Sometimes I deliberately avert my eyes and avoid eye contact.
Still if I should lose one eye and get a fake eye with the same colour as the other one, I know I will miss it 🙂 It is nice to be a little bit special after all.
One story comes to mind: When I was very young,I had this crush on a musician and one time spend the night with him before he went off to the next town on his tour. We stood outside his hotel and I just wanted him to remember me. That if we accidentally met on the street in London or New York he’d know who I was.
At that moment the sun came into my eyes and he exclaimed: You have two different eye colours, that’s amazing!
I knew then he’d never forget me 🙂
I look forward to meeting you Maria. I gave a date on the form, but I am available most days for the next couple of months, except august first. So come when you have the time.