To See the Unseen

Part of the concept behind my work and the styles and techniques I use is to help people see in different ways. This usually comes across through the fractures & collaging. Each separate piece being how someone else sees the same world you are seeing. Or not seeing – it all depends on how you mentally and physically view the world sometimes. I have also been exploring colorblindness because you can actually show people with normal vision how a colorblind person sees by removing certain colors from the spectrum used in the piece. There’s a whole lot of science behind this but I won’t rattle on about that since that’s not what this post is about.

I want to explore Ultra Violet in my art. I want to show Infrared also. These are things that we can’t see with our eyes but it is possible to give you an idea of what is there through science! There are cameras that will take a picture in grey-scale and than will show you the UV areas in bright white. It’s obviously not going to show you the real coloring of that area, well, because we are not physically capable of seeing it. Birds and bees can and it’s one of the ways they navigate their world. Flowers have all sorts of coloring and patterns we don’t see and birds… Well birds are more beautiful and more amazing than we can ever truly comprehend.

Being able to capture infrared would be extremely interesting when it comes to architecture, people, and anything else that holds heat or produces it.

There’s a camera I’d love to get to help me out with this, but it costs a few thousand dollars. I’m not quite ready to spend that much yet, although if anyone has any connections/money/leads on grants that may help me get there shoot me an email.

Recently there was an article on the BBC about an exhibit that explored this and more. Pretty fantastic.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8188070.stm

– Kathryn Koozer

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