INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHS are created by using black & white infrared film, which records the effects of infrared light, a spectrum beyond our range of vision. The film is exposed through a reddish filter, which absorbs blue and green light and makes way for the invisible infrared light to do its magic.

THE EFFECTS: Green leaves appear white, giving the image an unearthly, dreamlike or silken quality. It also reflects off sunlit grassy areas and the skin of fair-skinned people. All these surfaces may go white - even halate - in a positive print (below). Water, which reflects blue sky may appear dramatically black. Tree trunks, wood or metal structures usually go dark and add contrast to the blown-out leaves. Skies are often darkly dramatic, but clouds remain white and very dimensional. Because the photographer cannot see infrared light, the results are always a gamble and a surprise.

TIMELESSNESS: People in black and white infrared photographs are not distinctly recognizable, and trendy details of garments and hair-styles are minimized. Therefore the prints resist being dated, and create a feeling of suspended time.

 

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