American photographer Craig Burrows photographs flowers using a technique called ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence, which means he uses high-intensity UV lights to excite the natural fluorescence of the flowers in the visible spectrum, making them look like luminous blooms from an otherworldly garden.
Typically UV is removed through a camera’s lens, however Burrows photographs with a 365nm LED light which is passed through a filter to transmit only UV and infrared light. The dazzling plant life Burrows’ photographs absorbs this UV light and releases visible light at different wavelengths, which allows him to capture colors far more vivid than those seen in a typical viewing condition.
Burrows’ flowers look so dreamy, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that they can also speak like the surly flowers Alice encounters in Through the Looking-Glass.
Burrows will be showing new photos next month at “The Color of Light,” the Spring 2018 Flower Show in Greenwich, CT.