In a Different Light
We see light in the visible spectrum, with wavelength measurements of between about 380 and 750 nanometers. The near-infrared spectrum slightly overlaps with and extends just beyond visible light in the 700 to 900 nanometer range. This infrared “light” is invisible to us, but when rendered on film or via digital technology, yields sublime, sometimes startling results. Infrared photography may create ethereal, otherworldly black & white images. Skies and water can take on an inky blackness, while clouds will ‘pop’ in dramatic fashion. Foliage becomes milky white and grass is often mistaken for snow. Depending upon atmospheric conditions, images can be preternaturally, almost topographically sharp or soft and gauzy with a ghostly dreaminess.
As an infrared photographer, Jeff Clay has been utilizing this medium to capture the world around him for over 7 years. Whether documenting Utah's West Desert, hiking the playas and sand dunes of Death Valley, exploring the redrock country of the Colorado Plateau, the high rise jungles of Los Angeles and New York City, or the far-flung, ancient destinations of the world, infrared photography is in integral element of Jeff's creative expression.