The reason I love photographing in b+w is the way it takes the viewer one step away from the everyday world of color. Infrared, which I've been doing for about five years now, takes the viewer one step further, transforming the landscape into a beautifully surreal, dream-like world. One of my favorite places to play with infrared is along the Oregon Coast, especially during extreme low tides, where a landscape teeming with life in dull browns and dark greens comes alive when viewed in infrared illumination. I have come to love the haunting, other-worldly, even eerie quality this way of seeing brings to the coastal landscape.
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