A Mysterious World
Cobblestone House by Minor White – infrared photograph silver gelatin print, 1958 (moma.org)
Pause for just a moment and allow yourself to explore this photo. What do you notice? Does it evoke a feeling or emotion? What would you ask Mr. White about this photo?
This photo ignited my exploration into the art of infrared photography as a college student. It requires a special film (VERY hard to get your hands on these days – I have a few precious rolls in my fridge) that records light according to the infrared spectrum. A key feature is the beautiful glowing white of plants and foliage. The ordinary is transformed into something quite spectacular.
“One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.” — Minor White
Infrared photography reveals that which cannot be seen by the human eye. It hints at the existence of the spiritual realm. For me it is a reminder of God’s presence and his angels always with us though they can’t be seen. I like making this kind of connection between art and faith.
Jesus: Thomas, you have faith because you have seen Me. Blessed are all those who never see Me and yet they still believe. — John 20:2
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