Robert , from infraredrobert hasn’t been blogging for a long time, well, he has since March this year, but I thought today I would show you some of the work that I really admire that he does. I have been following him for quite some time, and he does some unusual work, in that it is work that we don’t often see here on WordPress.
When you look at his infrared images it feels like you are being given glimpses of another world, though our world, just shown in a slightly different way.
There is a wintery feel to them, which is perhaps why I like them so much, yet, you can also see that it isn’t winter. Infrared gives such amazing results. I did buy some infrared film a long time ago to try, I like to give anything photographic a try, but I couldn’t process it. I remember that it had to be done in a special way, and so I never did it. Now to do it properly, or with a digital camera you have to convert your camera just for it. Which is an appealing idea, I do a spare camera now, but not really sure about that option just yet.
As always I asked Robert why he takes photos.
As much as I would like to be profound, the easy answer is because it is a habit. I have been shooting photographs for more than forty years and what began as a grade-school hobby has evolved into a passion for capturing the world as I see it. Luckily, I still get a large measure of satisfaction out of the entire photographic process – which provides the impetus for me to keep shooting.
There is a kind of deadness to the images, the white trees, being like ghosts and the abandoned buildings left where they are. I think the buildings are abandoned, which is another thing that Robert likes to photograph.
The next question was about inspiration.
Photography is magic and I am still fascinated by the process of compressing time and space into a two-dimensional image. I look at each scene as a puzzle – a problem of how to render the world and when everything works it is wonderful – which inspires me to keep shooting and refining both my craft and techniques.
As I just said he photographs abandoned buildings as well. I haven’t included many in this post, but you really should go and look at his blog, there are so many fantastic images of these buildings. So haunting. I have to admit, I just love the infrared work so much and wanted to really highlight here.
The third question was about how he worked.
With my digital work, I always capture RAW files and bring these into Adobe Photoshop v5. Sometimes images need very little processing – other times I have a stack of adjustment layers – the image usually lets me know what it needs.
Digital infrared always needs at least a channel swap and levels adjustment. In addition, most of my B&W shots have a subtle sepia photo filter applied.
With B&W film, I do a lot of testing to get the best ISO and development combination – I’m a big fan of using a 1% Kodak bath during development, which gives me a nice, long tonal range on the negative.
It was so hard not to put all of the images on here, I am having a hard time now working out which ones I like the most. They are so different and there aren’t a lot of people shooting infrared, so it is wonderful to see some great examples of this work.
I also asked Robert about the gear he uses.
I am a long-time Nikon user – bodies and lenses. Currently I have a converted D100 for my infrared work and a D80 as my main digital.
When I’m in a film shooting mood, I have a Speed Graphic, Hasselblad 501c, Nikon N8008, Nikon FM and a Zero Image Pinhole at my disposal – in my darkroom I use a Zone VI cold light VC enlarger with Nikkor and Schneider optics.
Always good to find another Nikon user.
He does do other work, though the infrared and the abandoned buildings seem to be what he does the most, but you do find some landscapes, and some other things that are abandoned, I’ve included a couple for the gallery. So please, I hope you go and take a look at Robert’s work on his blog infraredrobert and I would like to thank Robert for giving me permission to highlight some of his work.