Photographer captures NZ's UV damage
Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:13p.m.
By Jenny Suo
An American photographer has been capturing images of infrared and UV light on landscapes to illustrate the effects of global warming.
Now she is in New Zealand to promote her message.
The vibrant shots of colour in Rotorua and Frans Joseph were captured by Diane Tuft.
“It's kind of mysterious and interesting to see what landscape says to us beyond what we can see,” she says.
Ms Tuft has spent the last week travelling the country to deliver a message; global warming has allowed more UV light to enter the earth, which can be deadly to humans and plant life.
“Most cameras are made not to capture UV light, no one wants that funny blue in the photograph,” Ms Tuft explains. “I have been fortunate to buy a lens made of quartz and that allows UV light to pass through.”
“The orange is more of the infrared part of the photo and the pink is more of the ultraviolet.”
She wants her photos to encourage people to be more considerate of the environment.
“I’m hoping, through my photos, that it begins a discourse and people start discussing, ‘why is that crazy colour in that photo? What does that mean?’”
“We should be aware and we should be conscious of being a little more environmentally sensitive.”
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