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Infrared California


Bare tree in the desert near the Salton Sea, California.

Work-related searches this week led me to an archive of photographs by Carol M. Highsmith at the Library of Congress. There are 22531 photos in all (!), not all of which have been digitised. The ones that are available are all recent pictures which have been freed of copyright, something Highsmith is allowing with her entire digital archive.

The examples here are from a small set of infrared shots of the California desert. I’ve always liked the ghostly quality of infrared photography so it’s fitting that some of the shots are of Bodie, a ghost town in Mono County. Browse them here.


Motel 66 sign in Barstow, Calfornia.


Palm trees in Barstow, Calfornia.



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  1. #1 posted by Edward


    First one makes me think of “It Came from Outer Space”.

  2. #2 posted by herr doktor bimler


    My mind jumped straight to Ana Barrado’s infrared documentation of rocketry and the Mojave.

  3. #3 posted by John


    Ah yes, I know her work from seeing it in JG Ballard-related books. Thanks for the reminder.






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