Craig Burrows is a 29 year old American photographer. Through his photographic work, he experiments the UVIVF (ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence) […]
Craig Burrows is a 29 year old American photographer. Through his photographic work, he experiments the UVIVF (ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence) process, which captures light waves that are invisible for us. Although the result seems surreal, the subject and the colors are very real.
To create his seemingly magical—but actually all-natural—photographs, Burrows first collects local flowers from his lush Southern California neighborhood, or purchases specific species he’s interested in experimenting with.
He works with them in an extremely dark environment, to prevent any competing light from dulling the flowers’ glow, and places each stem in a stand that’s covered in light-absorbing matte black electrical tape.
Burrows uses long exposures, and moves his UV-filtered LED evenly over each blossom to ensure that every petal, stamen, and pollen grain gets its moment in the spotlight.
Despite all the technical details and varied equipment involved in each shoot, Burrows never knows how—or if—a photograph will turn out until he’s finished shooting.
Scroll down to see the shimmering shots of fluorescent flowers.