Photographer Mark Davis has been capturing usually invisible infrared light in his work. This one, called Cloud Catcher, is of Wollumbin.
Photographer Mark Davis has been capturing usually invisible infrared light in his work. This one, called Cloud Catcher, is of Wollumbin.

Artist makes infrared visible

THE Tweed River Art Gallery will host an exhibition by Ballina photographer Mark Davis titled Infrared.

Mr Davis explained the technique used as the capture of infrared light which is usually thought of as invisible.

"Infrared light is not visible to the human eye and my aim has been to make the invisible...visible," Mr Davis said.

Mr Davis used a number of pre and post exposure processes to create an image, exposing it in the camera and using numerous development techniques to produce a work that communicates with the viewer.

"My inspiration has always been to make images that communicate with people, to share my perspective on the world we inhabit," Mr Davis said.

The quote by American landscape photographer Ansel Adams "you don't take a photograph, you make it" inspired Mr Davis' entire outlook on photography and put him on his long road of photographic discovery which, most recently, led him to capture infrared light.

To create the images in the exhibition, Mr Davis used a modified digital camera and fused the visible and infrared light together to give an ethereal appearance.

Mr Davis said he hoped the infrared images he made would stimulate gallery visitors to think about the beauty and grandeur of our environment.



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