Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NSH Galleries feature Infrared Photography Exhibit

An exhibit of infrared photography by five Willamette Valley photographers will be on view in the North Santiam Hall Galleries at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, in Albany from Jan. 4 to Feb. 24.
   
“Invisible Light” includes both color and black-and-white infrared work by Corvallis photographers Paul Barden, Rich Bergeman and Jack Larson, as well as Phil Coleman of Philomath and Sandi O'Brien of Eugene. 
   
The photographers will talk about their work at a reception on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Gallery second floor atrium.
   
The exhibit takes its name “Invisible Light” from the fact that infrared photography explores a world in a way that is not visible to the naked eye. Infrared light lies just above the visible spectrum, between 700 and 900 nanometers. Even though that range doesn't register with the human eye, it can be recorded with special black-and-white films and with converted digital imaging sensors. Examples of both techniques are represented in the show.
   
“The world of infrared is quite different from what we're used to seeing,” said Bergeman, who brought the photographers together for the exhibit. “It can create surreal, dream-like images, while in other cases it produces a more subtle shift in tones.”
   
In the natural world, organic objects like plants, people and animals reflect more infrared light, and inorganic things like water, rocks and the sky reflect very little IR.  In black-and-white IR photography, this usually results in dramatic skies and snowy-looking landscapes. In color infra-red photographs, blues and magentas often dominate, and the effects are even more pronounced when sunlight strikes portions of the scene.

The NSH Galleries are open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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