Month: December 2016

change of perspective

some eerie pics from my first walk with an infra-red-converted nikon d40.

bought pre-converted from a european artist who works in i-r. i know the camera model well and it was offered at less than i’ve seen for conversion services alone.

there’s a certain amount of post processing going on here. some cameras allow a custom white-balance to be set, if i understand right that gives you immediate feedback on replay. this doesn’t – the images are *very* red and require white balance, levels and channel switching tweaks.

this type of photography runs the risk of being discounted as “just another photoshop filter” – or selective colour effects – but it’s actually recording a different spectrum of light to that visible with the naked eye.

digital camera sensors are particularly sensitive to infrared, and are made with a filter to block that light in preference to the visible spectrum. conversions remove this filter and replace it with one of a number of different alternative filters.

the camera was supplied with excellent advice on hard- and soft-ware settings and i enjoy the reveal of applying these filters step by step, suddenly realising a could-go-either-way image suddenly shines in i-r B)

i process every picture on the same settings – some come out noticeably blue throughout, while others have distracting orange tones. i have discretion like a darkroom processor printing an enlargement, in terms of which tones – warm or cool – that i choose for the finished picture. otherwise, images are as they come out of the camera.

new limited edition photo book

proof copy sent to print, hoping to have it back by xmas.

what was to be a larger/more strictly edited series has been cut short by my camera giving out on me. unless i replace the 10-year-old digital body with one of equal decrepitude second-hand i have no way to maintain the point of view i was exploring, so these 14 images are cut adrift, interrupted. which i guess is apt.

in the wake of two close bereavements i found myself adrift, chasing a glimmer of light that seemed to show the only way forward. my world cramped and confined by anxiety and isolation, i tried to capture every flash of that light when and where i momentarily found it. i nearly blinded myself looking for its source in the sun but was left with cast highlights and shadows, apparitions, hints of a life beyond my four walls.