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Haunting Infrared Photography Gets Exposed for Naked Eyes

Photographer Edward Thompson explores the effects of pollution, radioactivity, and climate change in his latest book 'The Unseen - An Atlas of Infrared Plates.'
Edward Thompson. Studies in Pollution #7 The River Thames, from The City (2014)

What if you had a chance the see the invisible? The Unseen - An Atlas of Infrared Plates is a photographic compendium, an exploration by Edward Thompson, into the capacities of infrared photography to shape, represent, and highlight facets of reality. Through ongoing research, Thompson found that infrared film with the correct filtration can reveal light otherwise invisible to the human eye. Thompson utilizes this technical power to creatively highlight disastrous environmental events or intimate humane moments that were going unnoticed.


The photograher used some of the last dead-stock rolls of Kodak Aerochrome in existence to reveal the unseen in contemporary society. What he captured spreads from the desolated areas of the Ukrainian city of Pripyat coated in mystical ruby tones after the Chernobyl disaster, to the burgundy planes of Ganges destroyed by a flood of epic proportions. Check out images from The Unseen - An Atlas of Infrared Plates below:

Edward Thompson. Between Greystones and Rose Court, from The Village (2011)

Edward Thompson. Amusement Park, from The Red Forest, 2012

Edward Thompson. Hellir #4, from Hellir (2016)

Edward Thompson. Mitral Valve Repair, from The Gross Specimen (2015)

Order your copy of The Unseen - An Atlas of Infrared Plates directly from the publisher here. To learn more about Edward Thompson, click here.


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