#NoFil­ter

Aura pho­tog­ra­phy is the lat­est trend for the selfie gen­er­a­tion

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Emi­lyLong­worth

A fresh wave of oc­cultist pho­tog­ra­phers a re­oc­cu­py­ing New York, with spe­cially pi­o­neered cam­eras to cap­ture auras on film.

Hid­den in Chi­na­town is a para nor­mal ven­dor who sup­plies in­stant prints of hu­man en­ergy fields in a car too ni sh ly mys­te­ri­ous busi­ness model. Across town ina swankier shop front is Ra­di­ant Hu­man, who setup shop at the Red Bull stu­dios in Chelsea. Ra­di­ant Hu­man is a trav­el­ling ped­dler of spir­i­tual Po­laroids (right ), snap ping a per­son’ s“vibes” and then in­ter­pret­ing said vibes.

This has proved pop­u­lar with the soul-search­ing com­mu­nity of In­sta­gram users. Both clair voy­ant ven­dors trans­late the multi coloured glow around the pic­tured cus­tomer to a con­cise synop­sis of past, present and fu­ture, treat­ing the sup­posed lay­ers of their aura like a kind of spir­i­tual onion for hu­mans. They make great pro­fil­ers and they’ re right on point with the cos­mic chic trend, which has chief ly man­i­fested in galaxyprint leg­gings and end­less im­ages of cats in space.

Pho­tog­ra­phy of the hu­man elec­tro­mag­netic field was pi­o­neered in the 1930s by a Rus­sian elec­tric ian who toyed around with metal elec­trodes and “at the price of a se­vere burn” cap­tured a strange photo of an en­ergy dis­charge around his hand. He plugged his ef­forts as aura pho­tog­ra­phy and was re­garded with rev­er­ence and/ or scep­ti­cism for the rest of hisd ays.

To­day’ s im­ages use the same bocke ty tech­nol­ogy and preach sen­ti­ments such as :“We foster the ephemeral and make the meta phys­i­cal tan­gi­ble ”, which would make a more ap­pro­pri­ate com­pany line for Buck fast. Owing to the in­clu­sion of pretty colours, and by en­cour­ag­ing nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity dis­or­der, ex­pect aura pho­tog­ra­phy to con­tinue to grow as an art form.

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