Infrared Photography

All the photos were taken with long exposures in a Holga camera with 120mm Efke IR820 infrared film and an opaque red infrared filter. About half of the images are scans from negatives so please try to excuse the minor dust and graininess.

The effect of infrared film, called the Wood Effect is most noticeable in foliage (such as living green leaves and grass); Anything that is living and creating energy appears as a soft shade of white because the sensitive film + infrared filter penetrate the first few layer of that subject.

Other attributes of infrared photographs include very dark skies and water without reflections, on a clear day clouds generally stand out strongly as they retain their white or light shade while the normally blue skies around them can appear dark grey to black.

The infrared filter is an almost opaque red shade and therefore requires longer exposure times. This adds a hazy softness to those subjects that are giving off the heat and energy (including people) as well as recording any other movements of water or branches that are also in the frame. This coupled with the Wood Effect and the dreamy quality of the Holga camera create an all together ethereal, surreal and sometimes ghostly image.

Most of these photos are taken near and around South Kingstown, RI. The massive trees were shot at the Ta Prohm Temple in the Angkor Wat Kingdom, Cambodia. The cherry blossoms were shot during the cherry blossom festival in Yokohama, Japan.

All film and prints personally developed and printed in a darkroom at the University of Rhode Island