Infrared photography, first used for scientific or security purposes, uses the near-infrared wavelengths of about 700-900 nm to record images that are not usually visible. It requires a special film and dark infrared camera filter to achieve dreamlike images. Digital infrared images can now be obtained with adapted or special cameras.
I began doing infrared photography during summers in Duluth, Minnesota in the 1970s. I was intrigued by the near white foliage, dark skies, and creamy skin tones.
I continued with a series of photographs taken in Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island, after moving there in 1989. These photos were exhibited at the reopening of the park museum, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Providence train station. From the statement for the Roger Williams Park exhibit in October 1990, “Roger Williams Park has been a bridge for me, a refuge that softened the transition from a largely rural Northern Minnesota existence to life on the urban East Coast. It has been a place to intersect quietly with nature and has provided an insight into and a fleshing out of historical events. My view of the park is an unabashedly subjective one. I have created a park of pristine beauty, of nineteenth century innocence, of the rule of nature. This park is an ideal place, changing only as the seasons change. It is not revolutionary to think such a place might exist for our refreshment – if only in the realm of dream and fantasy?”
I have since done digital infrared photography, concentrating on ethereal foliage and close-ups.