About this project
The Kirlian Photography book is a continuation of my research started about 20 years ago. I wrote a book on that research published in 1994. My original Kirlian photography book detailed the construction of equipment needed to take beautiful kirlian photographs using sheet film and film cameras.
While many people who experimented with Kirlian photography have made extraordinary claims, I have never made any claim that Kirlian photography has shown anything paranormal. Even so, I want to continue the search for the most interesting paranormal claim made by Kirlian photographers, and that is the phantom leaf phenomena. I'll come back to this later.
All my research to date shows the corona discharge can be explained by employing known physical laws, like changes in a subject’s skin resistance due to factors such as stress, lying, illness, fatigue, alcohol consumption, etc., without the necessity of invoking paranormal (bio-plasma) factors. Some other variable factors influencing the resulting Kirlian picture include the object’s pressure against the film, humidity, air pressure, voltage, frequency, and exposure time.
At the time I performed my original research and wrote the first book on Kirlian Photography, digital cameras and ccd technology was not available to the general public. This new book closes that gap and brings this method of photography to the digital era. The new edition will allowing photographers to use digital cameras to create and shoot instant kirlian photographs.
The book will provide plans and construction details to build a variety of Kirlian equipment. From simple Kirlian cameras that can be built for $50.00, to more sophisticated CCD astronomical elements incorporated into instruments to search for the phantom leaf effect.
A Short History - Kirlian photography is named after Semyon Davidovich Kirlian and his wife Valentina who began their work with high voltage photography in 1939. Kirlian collaborated with his wife for over 30 years developing equipment and studying electro-photography.
The Kirlian's work was first made known to the general public in this country by a book published in 1970 by Shelia Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder titled "Psychic discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain". Kirlian work became so well know that the field of high voltage electro-photography is called Kirlian Photography.
In the 1970's there was much sensational reporting on and about Kirlian photography. Some of these reports made paranormal claims regarding the aura shown in Kirlian photography. For instance; that the Kirlian aura is a picture of the body's bio-plasma field, soul, or morphogenic field. Addition claims stated that a Kirlian photograph aura could forecast illnesses before it become physically manifested. Others said that you can read a person's health, personality and emotional state? And the most interest claim, the phantom leaf effect? Here a small portion of a leaf is removed, and in a small percentage of subsequent Kirlian photographs of the leaf, will show the removed portion of the leaf as a ghostly apparition.
Most of these reported paranormal phenomena could be explained by applying our existing knowledge of electricity and human physiology. Except for that one claim, the phantom leaf phenomena. Now many scientists think this is another unsubstantiated claim by Kirlian photography enthusiasts, who did not keep or use proper controls on the photographic procedure when shooting. Normally I would agree with this, except for the fact that this phenomenon has been reported by a number of people at different times around the world, including a few scientists.
To write this new book and finish this search I need your support.
Your support money will fund developing and building the equipment and procedures to shoot the best Kirlian photographs possible, using both film and digital cameras. All the plans and construction details for the equipment will be provided in the new edition of my book. Your support money will fund the search for the phantom leaf phenomena. The results of which will also be written up in the book and be shared with all my Kickstarter supporters. And of course your support will fund the publication of the Kirlian photography book.
If the contributions exceeds the minimum funding requirements, the additional funding will extend the Kirlian photography research into using mixed gas discharge. This is where the corona discharge that creates the Kirlian aura passes through different gases other than the gases present in regular air (nitrogen and oxygen). This I believe will alter the frequency (color) of the corona discharge and create a different effect.
To the right is a list of funding incentives. I hope you will join us on this search.
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