•  715nanometre
                                              an Infrared Photo Art Exhibition by Kate Davies
  • For the greater part of 2011, Kate Davies has been travelling around South
    Africa photographing the world around us using an Infrared modified Canon
    DSLR Camera. Her discourse has always been to show the aesthetically
    pleasing subject matter as well our individual responsibility to sustain that which
    we have been given, and do not own.
    “Infrared photography is by no stretch of the imagination a new form of
    photography, but for me it has drastically changed the way I look at the medium,
    as well as the world around me. In brief, Infrared conversion is the process
    whereby you remove the Infrared filter which sits in front of the camera’s sensor,
    therefore allowing the IR rays to hit the sensor. The second step would be to
    use an IR filter in front of the lens, to allow only a certain wavelength of IR rays
    In my case, the wavelength of the IR filter was 715 nanometre.
    The first obvious difference we see is that deciduous tree leaves and grass
    are almost always very bright white or magenta. Although they are made
    predominantly of Infrared transparent material, leaves reflect IR rays because
    of their very complex internal air spaces, offering many opportunities for shallow
    angle internal reflections, that eventually bounce the IR rays out again. When
    they are wet, however, they lose this reflectivity. Clear sky and water surfaces
    are almost always dark.
    It is incredibly difficult to not be influenced by these visual differences, and to try
    to go deeper into the possibilities that lie in this phenomenal way of shooting the
    world. Beyond the frosted white trees is a world that can be described as otherworldly.
    Each new image felt like it exposed more of what I wanted to see and it
    aided me in shooting landscapes the way I had always wanted to.
    The IR process is as much creative as it is technical. This allowed me to be
    in complete control from the beginning to end. In essence, IR photographs
    contain no colour and therefore allow the photographer to “paint” what they
    would like to see, opening up a number of new doors for emotional barriers
    to be broken. Scenes of melancholy, fear, ecstasy, love and innocence are all
    absolutely possible to both capture and feel, allowing me to truly speak using my
    All photographs were taken between April and August 2011 in South Africa.
    All images © www.katedavies.co.za
  • Across the river, Robertson
  • Alone, yet still together, Table Mountain
  • Along the river bank, Breede River
  • Are we nearly there yet? Cape Town
  • Bird, Lion's Head
  • Civilisation barely seen,  Robertson
  • Draw my attention upward,  Robertson
  • Room for view, Lion's Head
  • Seasons are changing, Tulbagh
  • Spectacular Solitude, Tulbagh
  • Take the long road home, Tulbagh
  • Thank you for today, De Waal Park
  • The fork in the river, Breede River
  • The house on the hill, Table Mountain
  • The mirror lake, Tulbagh
  • The peace in the silence, Robertson
  • The return to the bubble, Robertson
  • Waiting to embark, Breede River