With infrared photography I can look beyond what I can actually see, into the world of the unseen. As I grow older the memories I cannot see are important to me. I want to preserve them. When I take an infrared photo, I develop an image in my mind of what I want to convey about a timeless, important and historical subject.
What we see with our eyes is light reflected by the scene before us. Infrared is light (a form of energy and heat) beyond the visible spectrum that our eyes cannot see. The infrared camera sees only reflected infrared light, particularly coming off green vegetation and lightly colored subjects. These subjects will appear very bright in the image. Infrared light also penetrates atmospheric haze resulting in a surreal clarity in images of landscapes.
An infrared photo in itself is a fairly flat image. I work with presets, specialized tools, add beige tones, sharpen details and amplify clarity to achieve the effect I want to make, revealing new insights into each scene.
When I look at the olive tree, possibly 2000 years old, I can only begin to imagine how many people have walked by that tree. Rooted in the Italian soil, still growing and producing in Scolacium Archeological Park, it makes me feel how little we are in the passage of time. We can't see with our eyes what infrared photography reveals. I took that photograph of the olive tree during a summer trip to Calabria and, ironically, when I look at that photo, I reexperience the heat of the day when the photo was taken.
The photo of the Lom-Bar-Dy restaurant evokes images of the people who cooked and ate there. Now just a shell, the actual building looks like junk, but the infrared process restores a sense of specialness, its importance to the community, a history, and the innate curiosity we have in a fallen down building or a structure worn down by time.
The image of Main Street Sperryville is paradoxically historical and yet very much alive. While the voluminous cloud adds mystery and majesty to the historic village, the use of shade and tone captures both the sense of history and contemporary energy
Built in the Doric order around 460-450 BC, the Temple of Hera is in the ancient city of Paestum, Italy, a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenien Sea in Magna Grecia (southern Italy). Hera, Queen of the Gods; Hera, Protector of Women and Goddess of Marriage and Birth; Hera, wife and sister of Zeus. Power and Passion. The Temple’s grandeur is prominent in this infrared photo. The “brightly white” leaf trees focus one’s eye on the majestic temple while simultaneously softening the photo in its entirety. The clarity in the image and allows us to experience history in a different way.