“I had done a lot photos for Hole and when it was time for their first album Courtney wanted something striking and unusual. I had been experimenting with color infrared film. It is a medical film used to make images of skin and eyes. The veins show from beneath the skin! So, it is possible to get very beautiful images and/or horrible strange visions. Exposure is the key, so Courtney and I did some tests. She loved them and we then shot the photos for the cover of Pretty on the Inside. The colors you see on that cover are just as they appeared on the film. The trees went all pink!”
Medical portraits, a radioactive forest, a haunted village, a humming apiary — the stunning, surreal photographs of The Unseen are made with some of the very last rolls of color infrared film ever produced. Each one reveals in its striking crimson hues a secret — a vein, the remains of a nuclear accident, the effects of climate change — and you can help Edward Thompson collect them into one remarkable book.
“At the core of the book is the idea of not only revealing things we cannot see, but issues that go unnoticed or ignored,” he says. Support the project here.
I shot this backside air of Steve Caballero in 1983 at Del Mar Skate Ranch with authentic Kodak Color Infrared film with no filter. That’s John Lucero and Chris Black standing to the left side. Photo: Brittain #stevecaballero #johnlucero #chrisblack #delmarskateranch #infraredfilm
Tombstone Territorial Park in Canada’s Yukon Territory is photographed using Kodak aerochrome infrared film. Originally intended for aerial photography to indicate areas of vegetation in surveys and to find camouflaged military encampments, this infrared-sensitive, false-color reversal film turns plant life a majestic red or purple hue while nonplant life often renders in gray or blue.