Kayak on Caverun Lake

Rodger Hurlburt


The photography exhibited here is a style known as ‘False color infrared’. This is a technique where the images produced are a combination of non-visible near infrared light and visible red light. As an experimental photographer, Rodger Hurlburt fell in love with the false color infrared method. He exaggerates these effects by using a wide angle lens, occasionally allowing natural flares to happen in the compositions. He used two different cameras to capture these images, both of which have been specifically modified, so that they are sensitive to infrared light.

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Artist Bio

Rodger Hurlburt is a current resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew up in the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky, which has inspired his love for landscape and nature photography. He graduated from Morehead State University in 2005 with a BA in Fine Art and a focus in Photography. Always drawn towards the idea of displaying the natural world from a unique perspective, his work often employs wide-angle lenses and modified cameras, sensitive to near IR light in order to capture a version of the world, no less beautiful, that lie's just out of sight.      

Artist Statement  

I imagine how the world would look if we could see things as they really are. This may be a philosophical question—and perhaps it is. To think that everything we see is just a reflection of a tiny portion of this vast spectrum of Electromagnetic radiation is sobering. The human eye only has the ability to see a tiny slice of this spectrum that we simply think of as color. Near infrared light sits just outside our visible spectrum, right above red, continuing to medium, and on into deep infrared, which ceases to become what we might classify as light, but is more readily felt as heat.

Infrared photography is magical. It allows us to peek into another band of reality and see differently. It interacts with the world in subtle, but alien ways, that can render the mundane into extraordinary. It specifically penetrates the membranes of chlorophyll plant life and bounces back making the natural world glow from within.

My work consists of what is often referred to as “false color infrared”. These images are captured using a modified digital camera that begins picking up light at 550-590nm, continuing further into near infrared. This gives me a small amount of visible color as well as the full amount of near infrared (invisible light). It retains the magical luminosity of infrared while allowing me enough visible color to creatively present the world in something brighter than black n white which is the traditional method of presenting infrared photography.          

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