The Invisible Glow Of Flowers

28-year-old Craig Burrows photographs plants and flowers using a type of photography called UVIVF or “ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence.” It is a relatively unknown process which brings out the glowing fluoresce in plant matter through the use of high-intensity UV lights. Typically UV is removed through a camera’s lens, however, Burrows photographs with a 365nm LED light which is passed through a filter to transmit only UV and infrared light. The dazzling plant life Burrows’ photographs absorb this UV light and release visible light at different wavelengths, which allows him to capture colours far more vivid than those seen in a typical viewing condition. Although Burrows has limited his photography to singular flowers and small arrangements, his next step is aimed at illuminating entire scenes, like gardens, glades, and greenhouses, with 100-watt floodlights.

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