INVISIBLE LIGHT: Pictured is Mark Davis’ infrared photograph Path to Peace and Tranquillity.
INVISIBLE LIGHT: Pictured is Mark Davis’ infrared photograph Path to Peace and Tranquillity. Mark Davis

See the invisible light

BALLINA photographer Mark Davis captures the light you can't see.

The owner of Ballina Art and Framing uses a specially modified digital camera to capture infrared light.

"To imagine what a seascape or landscape flooded with infrared light would look like, close your eyes and visualise a local scape," he said.

"A beach scene known to you will appear, but this one has a surreal, dream-like appearance.

"Visible light and infrared light have been fused together."

Mark said energy arrives on Earth from the sun in the form of light.

"Sunlight, at the pinnacle of each day, provides an irradiance of just over one kilowatt per square metre on the landscape at sea level," he said.

"About half of this energy is infrared light, a little less than half is visible light and the balance is ultraviolet light.

"The eyes can only distinguish visible light. Infrared light is automatically filtered out."

That is, until now.

You don't' have to imagine what an infrared image looks like.

You can check out Mark's exhibition, Infrascapes, which is on at the Lennox Art Space, 4/64 Ballina St, Lennox Head, between the pharmacy and Vinnies. It ends on April 19.


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