The world of Infrared

infraSCAN007 finalHastings, England – At Rest

For fifty years, Gordon Trewinnard has been taking infrared photographs on 35mm film – both black-and-white and colour – in many different parts of the world.

With infrared photography, the film is sensitive to near-infrared light. Infrared photographs feature very dark skies which result in less infrared light in shadows and dark reflections of those skies from water. Clouds stand out strongly. These wavelengths also penetrate a few millimetres into skin and give a milky look to portraits, although eyes often look black.

Gordon explains: ‘Infrared film reacts differently from other colour emulsions to Cold, Heat, Humidity and Altitude, making it very difficult to get consistent results. For example, you can expose one frame exactly the same as the previous one and get a different result. It’s also necessary to be very accurate with exposures in the snow, desert, and in the tropics – and it’s essential to get the temperature correct during  the development stage.’

imgSCAN011 copyLondon, Bus and Bobbies

Infrared photography became popular with enthusiasts in the 1930s when suitable film was introduced commercially. Colour film appeared in the 1960s. The false colour and unusual tone effects that can be produced with infra-red film are very distinctive.

Some examples are immediately striking as being different in colour and tone, others are much less obvious in their effects. Some of the more subtle pictures have a real metallic charm about them which is impossible to obtain with regular colour emulsions, thus making all the effort worthwhile.

In 2007 Kodak announced that production of the 35mm version of their colour infrared film (Ektachrome Professional Infrared/EIR) would cease as there was insufficient demand, and with his stocks of film now depleted Gordon has now decided to stop taking infrared photographs. He is now making available a selection of those pictures for sale – some are unique positive transparencies, and others are b/w prints.

imgSCAN014 copyTowers in Las Vegas, USA

Non-exclusive, non-transferable reproduction rights are included with the purchase. Gordon asks that his name is credited when the pictures are used on the web or in print. For further details, please contact s-herbert@easynet.co.uk with an indication of your interest.

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imgSCAN024 copySwiss horse trough

imgSCAN022-copy copyTable mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

imgSCAN023 copySwiss vineyard, Regensberg

imgSCAN021 copyPetersham cemetery, England

imgSCAN012 copyEgypt, Nile Barges

imgSCAN013 copyA field in England, with Horse