Friday, 22 July 2022

Infrared Artistry: Re-visualizing Your World with Tony Sweet

On July 30th 2022, at 4 pm UK time, Photographer Tony Sweet will be giving a Zoom presentation on our favourite subject, infrared photography. To quote the blurb ...
Infrared photography is becoming ever more popular. The inherent surreal properties of black-and-white infrared are always surprising and redefine the visual world. This talk will also touch on the world of faux colour infrared. Through ample illustrations, Tony Sweet will breach the curtain between the world we see and the one we imagine in black-and-white infrared and in colour infrared photography. Example images will illustrate the effects of angle and quality of light, times of day, and weather conditions. Questions are encouraged throughout the presentation.
This event is organised by the Digital Imaging Group of the Royal Photographic Society and is free to group members. Other RPS members, and anyone else, pays £3 to access the talk. It takes place using Zoom and everyone is welcome. Here's a link for booking: See you there!

Wednesday, 15 June 2022

The Wood Effect ... on sea

The Wood Effect, whereby foliage shows up 'white' in infrared photographs, is a well-known feature of such images, often mistaken for snow.

Leaves are not the only things to exhibit this, as I found once when photographing young pine cones.

I presume that the young pine cones have an outer layer like a leaf with cells that reflect the infrared light, but this was a bit unexpected.

This next photo shows some seaweed (on the coast of Bardsey Island in North Wales) and this also exhibits the effect.

The black dots in the water are seals by the way.

A final thing that looks different to what you would expect in infrared photography is red wine, which appears transparent. A photo to demonstrate that is for another post sometime. Cheers.

Monday, 16 May 2022

Hello Again

It's been a while since I last posted here. The main reason is that we moved house and then started having 'things' done to the place. Thje good news is that our new location, on the English south coast, has lots of opportunities for infrared shooting ... so more on that as and when.

While you're waiting, please check out the revamped Invisible Light web site, which you can find on a couple of URLs but is the SOA for them all. A lot of the photos from the old site have gone, although eventually most of them will return. At this point There's a small set of galleries for the different techniques together with a bibliography, a list of interesting web sites and a brief history of infrared photography. The techical section is there as well, with some examples of thermal imaging amongst other things. Please check it out.

Incidentally, I've been told that the subscription facility doesn't work. It's probably better to click the Follow link but I have to admit that the intricacies of Blogger are a bit opaque!

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

Paolo Pettigiani

Paolo Pettigiani is a photographer based in Turin. Since 2015 he has beeon working on a project called Infraland, using a full-spectrum converted camera and a 590 nm filter to shoot faux-colour infrared images.

Infraland transforms ordinary places into surreal landscapes unbound by human perception ...

A set of his photographs were published in the Observer newspaper last Sunday (Feb 6th) but you can see his whole project on his web site. With photosets on New York, the Dolomites, Dubai, the Maldives, Alps, Bolivia and Peru. It's a nicely-designed site with some lovely images: well worth a visit.

I am of course rather envious that he managed to get his photographs into the Observer.

Friday, 31 December 2021

Simon Marsden film now on DVD

Carved stone grotesque on DVD cover

Jason Figgis's 70-minute film, Simon Marsden's Haunted Life in Pictures, is now available to buy on DVD as well as through digital outlets. Jason first told me about his project in June 2016 and the film was premiered at the BFI in London in August 2018.

The movie explores Simon's life and his interest in the paranormal ... especially as expressed through his infrared photography. There are contributions from Simon himself, friends and fellow photographers (including myself). The film is full of examples of his work, and ends with a moving poem, read by John Hurt.

Simon Marsden

Simon was an great exponent of the classic Kodak High Speed Infrared black and white film (HIE). Its construction, while designed to give an increased speed, coincidentally provided a unique look combining grain and halation. This was his starting point, but Simon was also a skilled printer, since the HIE was notoriously difficult to expose even nearly 'correctly'. His many books are full of infrared images where bright foliage offsets the stone of ruins and statuary.

Simon Marsden died in January 2012. Sad to say that although we corresponded, especially during the centenary celebrations in 2010, Simon and I never met. This film goes some way to rectifying that omission for me.

The DVD is distributed by MVD Entertainment Group/Pop Twist Studios (released December 14th 2021) in the USA and through Wienerworld in Britain from January 10th 2022. Amazon are already selling it and streaming it through Amazon Prime.