Welcome To The World In Infrared...

Infrared Self-Portrait
“Up to the Twentieth Century, reality was everything humans could touch, smell, see, and hear. Since the initial publication of the chart of the electromagnetic spectrum, humans have learned that what they can touch, smell, see, and hear is less than one-millionth of reality.” R. Buckminster Fuller on Education (University of Massachusetts Press, 1979), p. 130

Reality Is Perception:

We humans see in the spectrum of ‘visible light’ - This is nothing more than a term used to designate wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation between 390 and 700 nanometers. Stephen Hawking once told me this happens to be (By no small coincidence) the same spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that our sun emits the strongest. Through evolution or perhaps divine intervention, our eyes have developed keen sensitivity to this particular range.

Perception Is Subjective:

Your eye is a tool. Every tool has limitations. Using a special piece of glass designed to limit the transmission of visible light, I hacked my DSLR to see beyond the limits of human vision - Namely in the spectrum of Near-Infrared Light. The result is a radical shift on the perspective of how we view everyday life: The noon-time sky becomes darker than night while vegetation glows like snow. Skin color beomes absent while Sunglasses that once concealed it are rendered transparent. Places you've visited 1000 times before suddenly become alien landscapes waiting to be explored.

This project commenced upon the meeting of minds in Atlanta, 2014. Since then, this modified camera has documented more than 30,000 km (that's nearly 20,000 miles!) of travel in a seamless blend of people and place from the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean, across North America and down to the South Pacific. Street photography & photojournalism come together through the lens of my IR-hacked camera and the invisible world of Infrared is revealed.

This project was brought to you in collusion with:

Steven Saphore
Nilesh Pawar
Courtney O'Donoghue