I was just looking the Los Angeles Times Magazine's semi-annual Men's Fashion issue, and there was some very weird stuff in the captions on the lead story featuring actor Jason Bateman modelling clothes. Now, I have always thought I had normal color perception, but I just turned 63, and they say that visual and mental acuity decline in old age, so maybe I've gone downhill more than I thought. Anyway... On page 16, there is a picture of Bateman sitting on a bicycle wearing a suit that is described as "brown." It sure looks gray to me. (However, as a longtime veteran of the magazine business I realize that color values can change in printing...although usually not to the extent that brown looks gray.) The shoes he is wearing are described in the caption as "tassel loafers." Sure could have fooled me--they look for all the world like captoe oxfords. Then on page 21 Mr. Bateman is wearing what is described in the caption as a "green" suit. It sure looks sort of gray-blue-black (what I think is sometimes called "gunmetal") to me. Anyway, any of you SoCal boys who get the L.A. Times, I need help. Are these captions way off base...or have I gone color-blind and has my vision deteriorated to such a point that I can't distinguish between tassel loafers and captoe oxfords?
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4/3/05 at 1:22pm