A light that can’t be seen: The Holy Land in infrared

The purpose of art, then, is to lead us to a knowledge of a thing through the organ of sight instead of recognition. —Viktor Shklovsky

The Holy Land is a place people see in very different lights depending on their own faith, background and preconceived notions, and this is one reason the Israel/Palestine conflict has been so intractable. By using a false color infrared process to photograph the people of the Holy Land and how the various groups interact, I create timeless, ethereal images that force the viewer to question their ideas of who people are and what they believe about them. The infrared process makes the photos reminiscent of the color processes of the early 1900’s, alters the color of clothing and renders all skin tones virtually the same.