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Kirlian Photography

  1. 1. Kirlian Photography
  2. 2. Semymon Davidovitch Kirlian Russian inventor and researcher  In 1939, while repairing medical equipment used in d’Arsonval electrotherapy, Kirlian discovered that the electrical discharge between a vitrified electrode and particles of human skin changed color.  Trying to discover the cause of this, he photographed the electric charge without the use of a conventional camera, that is, exposing the film directly to the current.  This experiment led to the invention of a system of high-frequency electrical photography.
  3. 3. Corona discharge  In electricity, a corona discharge is an electrical discharge brought on by the ionization of a fluid surrounding a conductor that is electrically energized.  It is often seen as a bluish (or other color) glow in the air adjacent to pointed metal conductors carrying high voltages.
  4. 4. Corona discharge on insulator string of a 500 kV overhead power line. Corona discharges represent a significant power loss for electric utilities.
  5. 5. Introduction  Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges.  Variously known as Electrography Electrophotography Corona Discharge Photography (CDP) Bioelectrography Gas DischargeVisualization (GDV) Electro Photonic Imaging (EPI) Kirlianography in Russian literature.  Kirlian photography has been the subject of mainstream scientific research, para-psychology research and art.
  6. 6. Timeline  In 1889, Czech B. Navratil coined the word "electrography“.  in 1896, a French experimenter, H. Baravuc, created electrographs of hands and leaves.  In 1939, two Czechs, S. Pratt and J. Schlemmer published photographs showing a glow around leaves.  Russian electrical engineer Semyon Kirlian and his wife Valentina developed Kirlian photography.  In 1958, the Kirlians reported the results of their experiments for the first time.  Extensive researches were conducted in 1970s.
  7. 7. In 1899 , Nikola Tesla performed experiments whiletestingout TeslaCoil at his laboratory in Colorado Springs showing that a human being exposed to high frequency electro-magnetic fields produced a luminous glow that surrounded the body like asecondskin.
  8. 8. Process  Kirlian photography is a technique for creating contact print photographs using high voltage.  The process entails placing sheet photographic film on top of a metal discharge plate.  The object to be photographed is then placed directly on top of the film.  High voltage is momentarily applied to the metal plate, thus creating an exposure.  The corona discharge between the object and the high voltage plate is captured by the film.  The developed film results in a Kirlian photograph of the object.
  9. 9. Typical Kirlian photography setup (cross section)
  10. 10. ColorVariation  Color photographic film is calibrated to faithfully produce colors when exposed to normal light.  Corona discharges can interact with minute variations in the different layers of dye used in the film.  They result in a wide variety of colors depending on the local intensity of the discharge.  Film and digital imaging techniques also record light produced by photons emitted during corona discharge
  11. 11. Grounding  Photographs of inanimate objects such as a coins, keys and leaves can be made more effectively by grounding the object to the earth, a cold water pipe or to the opposite (polarity) side of the high voltage source.  Grounding the object creates a stronger corona discharge.
  12. 12. Grounding methods for taking Kirlian Photographs
  13. 13. Kirlian photo of a Coleus leaf Kirlian photo of a Coin
  14. 14. Photography without camera  Kirlian photography does not require the use of a camera or a lens because it is a contact print process.  It is possible to use a transparent electrode in place of the high voltage discharge plate.  The resulting corona discharge can be captured with a standard camera or a video camera.
  15. 15. Myths and Pseudoscience  Many people claim that this sort of photo is showing the "life force" or "aura" of living things.  This is something many pseudoscientists are using as so they can sell these sorts of cameras for thousands of dollars.  In real, it is just simple corona and ionisation effects that are being observed.
  16. 16. Electro- Photon Imaging (EPI)  Formerly known as Gas DischargeVisualization (GDV),  It is an advanced form of Kirlian photography developed by Dr. Konstantin Korotkov.  This technology produces an electric impulse, which generates a response of the subject in the form of electron & photon emission.
  17. 17. The glow of the photon radiation owing to the gas discharge generated from the electromagnetic field is captured by a digital camera and processed by sophisticated software where a report can be generated.
  18. 18. EPI/GDV image captures Photonic emissions captured from a finger tip Photonic emission interpretation by GDV software Biofield analysis based on photonic discharge
  19. 19. ThankYou Visit to download ppt and report on Building a Simple Kirlian Photography Device