The Living Years - Infrared Exhibition

After spending 2011 shooting landscapes in Infrared for her 715nanometre exhibition, Kate Davies decided to spend 2012 exploring an even lesser understood genre of the IR process, portraits. As there isn’t a vast amount of information on shooting portraits in the Infrared spectrum, Kate and stylist/choreographer Leda Wright collaborated on this project so as to make full use of all aspects of the process, to create images that spoke without words. The journey for both was a new, educational and beautiful one. The visual differences between organic and synthetic substances through the IR spectrum are immense and therefore they had to rethink most of their preconceived compositions and ideas in order for the images to portray the message they had intended. From fabrics like linen, toule and silk to skin, metal, rock, bark, leather, water and sand – the effects are quite often ethereal. Kate and Leda worked with various locations, fabrics and styles in order to is a collection of portraits of ordinary people in a range of daily rituals that range from regular and accepted to those that are a little more exaggerated and perhaps staged. Kate believes that audience members will all connect with each image in a variety of ways and it is this range of underlying emotions that she is hoping audience members will leave with. The Infrared process itself is one that removes quite a large amount of ordinary photographic process and invites both the photographer and the audience to see the world in a way that we do not with the naked eye. Photographed by Kate Davies in collaboration with sylist/choreographer Leda Wright