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"Fading Places"
Infrared Photographs of Abandoned Buildings and Machines in Rural New England

 
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"Fading Places"
Infrared Photographs of Abandoned Buildings and Machines
in Rural New England

Road to the past. Infrared Photography Exhibition by Guy D. Biechele

 

Fading Places – Infrared Photographs of Abandoned Buildings and Machines in Rural New England”

P HOTOGRAPHS BY GUY D. BIECHELE

Artist’s statement about the exhibition:

When driving through northern New England last fall (2011) I was struck by the number of deserted farmsteads that I passed. I started to stop and explore the exteriors of these buildings and the grounds. I was captured by the stillness of these once vibrant places. I could almost hear the echoes of the activities and lives that had once filled them. I began photographing, and quickly turned to infrared photography. Infrared photography is often described as serene, otherworldly, and haunting. I found that it best conveyed the way I felt when at these abandoned places captured by their quiet transience, melancholy, and poignancy. During the past year I have been photographing this fading heritage of ours as I have traveled around New England. It has been a moving experience. This exhibition is my attempt to share and document this experience of changing times and places in the continuum of our life.

About infrared photography:

These photographs show New England scenes in a way you’ve never seen them before. Using digital cameras with special infrared filters I capture photographs using near-infrared light rather than visible light. This part of the spectrum, just outside the range of visible light behaves differently than visible light. Foliage reflects large amounts of infrared light and looks bright, sometimes even white. Blue sky and water absorb large amounts of infrared light and become very dark.

Our eyes can only see a very small part of the electromagnetic spectrum, basically the colors of the rainbow. Near-infrared light exists just past the red end of the rainbow. Nearly all digital cameras are sensitive to near-infrared light, which people cannot see. The infrared images that most people are familiar with are heat-sensing images. These are taken in the far-infrared spectrum and exhibit extreme color variation and saturation. In contrast, the subtle variations in color shown in these near-infrared photographs give them both a beautiful and eerie quality that is uniquely their own.

 

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