Photography

Craig Burrows Photographs The Invisible Light That Plants Emit

April 13, 2017

Craig Burrows is a Photon-packing generalist photographer with a penchant for weird and surreal forms of light.

Since 2014, Craig Burrows has photographed hundreds of glowing flowers after seeing Oleksandr Holovachov's work with ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF) photography.

Each time Burrows do a set of UVIVF photos, it starts with going out under the cover of darkness to snatch unsuspecting flowers growing around the neighborhood. He says he "rarely know what to expect from a flower before I get it back to shoot. Some I think will dazzle end up flopping, and others I am surprised by their colors or light. Every one is a surprise!

In the same way a tee-shirt blue glows under a black light, most organic material glows at least a little with UV stimulation and in all kinds of colors. To make the most of it, I make sure I'm working in the darkest environment I can and use a 365nm light so the camera can't see the UV light."