Kirlian

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The unconventional photographic process referred to as Kirlian photography has, in actuality, been in existence since the late 1890’s. It deals extensively with high-voltage electricity. Electricity is used to make electro-photographs, commonly called Kirlian photographs. The image recorded on film is the corona discharge (spark) from the object being photographed. The Kirlian camera used to produce these images is the largest known camera in existence. It accommodates sheets of 18” x 22” film, both continuous tone (black and white) as well as color. The camera consists of a flat copper plate on top of which the film is placed. An object (a leaf, flower) is placed on the film and high-voltage electricity at very low amperage is pulsed through the metal plate. The electricity passes through the film, exposing it and producing an aura of the object on the plate as well as a surrounding corona. If the film is color, the corona discharge will contain various colors.  The final print will also often include topographical features not visible to the naked eye.