About Invisible Creations Photography

First and foremost, welcome to my website, InvisibleCreationsPhotography.com. My name is Sean Reardon, and I'm glad to share some of my photography work through my website. If you've taken a look at any of my photographs already, then I'll bet right now you're asking yourself, "just what the heck type of photographs are these"? Well, Invisible Creations refers to the type of light used in capturing many of my works, infrared light.

Light spectrum (precise colors)

Infrared light, or IR light for short, is a type of light that we humans are unable to see with the naked eye. If you remember those rainbow-like images of light spectrums from several textbooks back in science class, then you might remember learning that IR light sits just below the visible red wavelength of light. Looking at the image to the right, you'll notice that visible light falls into the range of 390nm (violet) up to around 700nm (red). But just below that, from around 700nm to 900nm, is the invisible light of infrared. And with the help of a special conversion I had done to my camera a few years ago, I can now shoot incredible images which capture the unseen beauty of the world in infrared.

But you might ask yourself, "why would anyone want to photograph a subject under light you can't even see?" Well, to answer that I'll need to ask another question. Why did so many great men and women throughout history continue to look for answers in the stars? Because of a combination of curiousity and fascination. In fact, it was an astronomer, William Herschel, who first discovered Infrared Light while performing an experiment on February 11, 1800.

In Herschel's experiment, he used a glass prism to separate a visible beam of light into the differing colors of the visible spectrum. While each color of the spectrum was spread onto a specific point of his table, Herschel placed thermometers on the table within each color. His intention, was to prove that each wavelength of the visible spectrum has a slightly different temperature. But as with any good experiment, a control was required. So Herschel laid another thermometer on the table, in the shadow just next to the visible red light cast from the prism. An illustration showing a line of thermometers placed along a rainbow. The thermometers show cooler temperature at the blue end of the rainbow and higher temperatures at the red end of the spectrum.After some time had passed, Herschel measured the temperatures from each color wavelength. But he also noticed something strange. The control thermometer was actually warmer than all of the other thermometers in place. This led to further experiments, which finally led to Herschel's discovery of infrared light. In fact, he named the light infrared because the term "infra" literally means "below", or in this case "below red". Since this discovery over 200 years ago, we've certainly furthered our understanding of invisible light within the realm of science. But in seeing the beauty that could be captured only through special equipment, and would go unseen to the naked eye, I became fascinated to see what results I could achieve.

Here's a quick bit of information about me. I've been obsessed with two hobbies since the late years of grade school. Photography and Web Design & Development. In fact, this entire website has been developed by myself without the use of any generic templates or platforms. Since the late 90's, I was the kid who always had a camera, even if it was just a pocket sized one, and was always looking for an interesting shot. In the earlier days, I focused mostly on portraits of my siblings, friends, pets, and even a giant adult-sized stuffed tiger (or two)! But as the years past, I shifted my focus away from portraiture and towards almost everything else!

I now focus primarily on three types of photography:

As you've likely seen, I also have several works shot in color. In fact, most of the time I carry both my IR camera as well as my color camera. While infrared photographs can offer a new and amazing view to a familiar subject, there are many times when good old-fashioned color photos cannot be beat. But regardless of which type of light I'm shooting for, visible or invisible, my goal is to produce an end piece that I can be proud to share with you. Don't forget to check out my Gallery Page to view all of my latest work!

If you have any questions or comments at all, even if it's to find out more about the resources I use, then feel free to contact me. All of my contact information can be found on my Contact Page.