The Hidden Beauty of Plants: Have You ever Seen their Invisible UV Glow?

Khryss | Published 2017-04-17 23:47
Who would forget the beauty of  James Cameron‘s magical Avatar universe? Well, ladies and gentlemen, the alien planet life is apparently not so alien at all- at least their plants.   Thing is, whenever a flower is hit by sunlight, it lets off a bioluminescence-like glow only that it's invisible to us; we can't see it with our bare eyes. With this in mind, a brilliant photographer, Craig Burrows, tried to shed light on how the glow actually looks like and started practicing what's called ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF) photography. Inspired by Swedish photographer Oleksandr Holovachov's work, he became engrossed of this newfound passion since 2014. "The photos were like nothing I'd ever seen before and stood in stark contrast to the ridiculously abundant photos of pretty flowers in the modern day," Burrows told Creators. "Having already been doing infrared photography, I realized I was more drawn to the categories of photography fewer people were doing and UVIVF certainly checked the box. After having done it for so long now, I find it fascinating how distinctly the fluorescence manifests on different parts of a flower's anatomy." How did he do it? Well, the process starts with him venturing out in the darkness of the night to pick different flowers in his neighborhood. He then brings it to his house with a hopeful heart and takes pictures of such"glowing flowers" which are actually put under a 365nm UV light. The beauty of it is that you'll never know what you'll get or how the image is going to turn out. Every flower has its own exquisiteness but their glow is on another level! Now watch these flowers go shining, shimmering, splendid for this is a whole new world for us!
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