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Photographer Uses UV Light to Capture Shimmering Shots of Fluorescent Flowers

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Enchanted by the luminous splendor of nature, California-based photographer Craig Burrows captures one-of-a-kind photos of glowing flora. Burrows uses ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence—a fancy term for a photographic process that employs high-intensity ultraviolet light—to produce pictures of plant-life that appears to glow. Shimmering with light and beaming with color, his series of fluorescent flowers conveys the underlying beauty of the natural world.

Each floral photo features a single plant bursting with radiant blooms. Set against a black backdrop, the glimmering petals, neon leaves, and spectacular stems stand out from their surroundings, thanks to a unique technique employed by Burrows. Unlike photographs taken traditionally, Burrows’ shots are illuminated with a filtered 365nm LED light. Only ultraviolet and infrared light is conveyed, resulting in an out-of-this-world aesthetic that features Technicolor tones and eye-catching fluorescence.

In addition to ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence, the self-proclaimed eclectic photographer also takes traditionally-lit photos of the outdoors, as well as macro shots of insects, arachnids, and fungi. Whether working with alternative light sources or capturing more conventional shots, Burrows proves that, when it comes to nature, there’s always more than meets the eye.

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All images via Craig Burrows.

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.

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