This American photographer has developed a luminous new take on Kirlian photography, a process that involves sending electrical currents through objects that rest directly on a photographic plate
By Popular PhotographyPosted 05.19.2010 at 1:22 pm 0 Comments
Alone in the Arizona desert in 1999, photographer Robert Buelteman had a flash of clarity — the rest of his life looked utterly predictable, and he was no longer in love with his conventional black & white work. That's when he developed the "Buelteman technique," which adds light sources such as xenon strobes, tungsten and fiber optics to traditional Kirlian photography--a type of photogram created with high-voltage electric currents. Buelteman literally "paints" his subjects by illuminating them with a fiber-optic probe the size of a human hair. Using no computer enhancement, the outcome is at the mercy of physics.
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