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High-tech photographs in a new art exhibition opening at the Common Ground Cafe, show subtropical Bermuda in an icy light.

‘BLK/WHT/WoW!’ opens tomorrow and includes work by Theresa Airey, who is known for her digitally-enhanced photographs. Her photos in this exhibition were taken with an infrared camera.

“Bermuda is perfect for the digital infrared photography technique, since to obtain the best results you need bright sunshine,” said Ms Airey. “Foliage is perfect as infrared captures the process of photosynthesis happening in plant life in the sunshine. It is captured as white in the image, hence white leaves, white palms, white grass. It makes it very surreal and magical.”

She loves the infrared technique, because it can bring an unusual perspective to an otherwise well known photo subject.

“It is sometimes wonderfully romantic and dreamy,” she said. “Photography is about the light and how we see the light and it is about perception how we interpret what we see. The infrared light spectrum is not visible to the human eye and that is part of its mystery and allure. Infrared light surrounds us. We can intuit it and we can capture it with special films or through converted digital cameras, but we literally cannot see it.

“This medium moves you beyond the literal perspective of your eyes into the limitless vision of your mind’s eye. Infrared light carries with it the enchantment, the mysteries and the secrets of the world around us and opens up new dimensions to our vision.”

To capture the infrared light spectrum she used a special high-speed infrared film and a deep red filter on the lens. With digital cameras, you must have the camera converted. To do this, a technician takes out the infrared blocking filter inside the camera and inserts an infrared filter, which only allows the infrared light through. After a camera has been converted, it can only capture infrared images and not colour.

“Converting a camera to infrared is costly, but to me well worth it,” she said.

Exhibition organiser, Sue Pearson of Select Palette Art said the show’s title, ‘BLK/WHT/WoW!’ was derived from a Masterworks exhibit featuring the infrared photography of Ms Airey.

“In her work, the technique creates a sense of snow covered palm trees in Bermuda,” she said. “Infrared photography encompasses an intense range on the black/white value scale. Theresa’s current collection has taken a new direction. She is using an exciting new printing process that enables images to be reproduced on metal with excellent durability. Her works are then mounted on wood for a professional finish.”

‘BLK/WHT/WoW!’ is a collaborative show involving 15 artists. Many of the works explore the theme of relationships and everyday life experiences. Work by high school art students Ariel Kaplen and Kelly Howe are featured alongside established artists such as Robert Bassett.

“This diverse collaboration offers an eclectic array of new and contemporary mediums,” said Ms Pearson. “Sara Simons’ work ‘Gold Fever’ is displayed embedded in Lucite (a solid transparent plastic) and appears to be floating on the wall. Ami Zanders continues her embellished modern silk screens and Dion Correia’s ‘Cheers’ explores a digital hand-rendered abstraction of beer coasters printed on canvas.”

Other participating artists include Calix Smith, Christopher Grimes, Demetri Pamplin, Emma Joyce Ingham, Kelly Howe, Kendra L Earls, Libby Cook-Toppan and Vaughan Evans.

The show opens tomorrow with a reception from 5.30pm to 7pm, and runs until April 25. All are welcome.

For more information contact Ms Pearson: SPArt[AT]logic.bm or 505-4290.

Infrared images of St Georges by Theresa Airey.
Palms on South Road by Theresa Airey.
Art by Ariel Kaplen
Better When We are Together by Kelly Howe.
Starlight Tapestry by Robert Bassett
A beauty in Montreal by Ami Zanders

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Published February 08, 2012 at 1:00 am (Updated February 08, 2012 at 8:53 am)


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