ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Since 1998, I have been documenting the beauty and fragility of our ever-changing environment by photographing the natural world as seen through light that is outside of our visible spectrum.

By exploring both the infrared and ultraviolet light spectrum, I am able to record what the naked eye cannot see.

The sensitivity of infrared film allows me to capture the radiation and reflection of infrared light in the landscape. Printing these black and white photographs in Platinum creates images that are both otherworldly and thought provoking.

In order to document ultraviolet light, I travel extensively looking for conditions where ultraviolet light is prevalent such as the Great Salt Lake, Utah, Iceland, Greenland, New Zealand, Antarctica and the Arctic Ocean. While ultraviolet light is responsible for the vibrant ethereal colors of these images, its effect on the planet is of growing concern.

Ozone depletion and global warming are increasing the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that reaches the earth’s surface.

My photographs capture a moment in time without spectral boundaries—a moment of infrared light and a moment of ultraviolet.

These moments are never the same.

Our world is constantly changing, filled with mystery and lit by light that we cannot always see. I hope my photographs can elucidate these truths and provoke a richer discussion about how to coexist with an environment that is so beautiful, powerful and precious.



- DIANE TUFT