Kirlian Photography is a process that uses electricity rather than light to make contact images on photographic media. The Russian-born inventor Semyon Kirlian pioneered the process in 1939, which works by shooting high voltage through an object and recording the multicolored emanations on light-sensitive film or paper. Many fringe scientific researchers believe these images reveal the "biofield" or "aura" of the subject, which they think gives physical form to the etheric body or "life force" that surrounds each living thing. As evidence, many proponents point to the "phantom limb" phenomenon, in which the photograph of a torn leaf will reveal the whole leaf. Some experimenters use it to make health care decisions, detect deceptions or seek answers from the great beyond. Curious, I began my own experiments with a hand-built device, seeking insight into the food we choose to ingest into our bodies. In doing so, I hope to gain insight into our methods of sustenance and the influence on contemporary American culture.
Kirlian Photograph: Wonder Bread
Kirlian Photograph: Apple
Kirlian Photograph: Twinkie
Kirlian Photograph: Banana
Kirlian Photograph: Beef Soft Taco
Kirlian Photograph: Salami
Kirlian Photograph: Pear
Kirlian Photograph: Chunk Light Tuna
Kirlian Photograph: Chicken Nuggets
Kirlian Photograph: Spam
Kirlian Photograph: Collared Greens
Kirlian Photograph: Wishbone
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