I’ve long had a fascination with infrared images. Ever since seeing the late Simon Marsden's infrared work in magazines in the 1980s. I found something quite eerie about these images created from light we cannot see. Infrared light doesn’t behave in the way our eyes and brains are used to seeing visible light. For instance, normally dark green grass and leaves become snow white while blue skies record almost black. All quite surreal and in a way they are images from another world beyond our own vison.
Last year I spent a little time experimenting with an infrared filter on my camera. Using a screw on infrared filter is not the ideal way of recording infrared light due the cameras own internal infrared blocking filter which means long exposures and focussing by guesswork. But it was fun and confirmed what I already suspected, I loved working in infrared as much as I enjoyed looking at those images back in the 1980s.
I decided that this year I would start on a body of infrared work. In order to get more consistent results and increase shooting opportunities, I would need to convert one of my cameras to true infrared so that no external filter was required. So, earlier this week I made the most of the unseasonal sunshine and ventured out with and old friend, newly converted to infrared, and my infrared project had begun in earnest.