Kirlian photography is another name for the type of photography which is said to show the aura around people, animals, and other living things. This method of taking photos was named after Semyon Kirlian who discovered in 1939 that when you expose photographic plates to a high voltage electrical charge, it results in a halo around the object being photographed. Having seen examples of Kirlian photography personally, I can attest to the fact that the auras which appear around various objects and people are of different colors and intensities.
Skeptics say that the appearances of the auras in these photos are caused by natural biological conditions such as moisture, barometric pressure, and temperature. It has been said that studies have shown that these photos when taken in a vacuum show no such auras, which skeptics view as proof that there is nothing paranormal about them. Knowing nothing about what would happen to regular photographs when taken in a vacuum, I cannot speculate as to whether this constitutes proof or not.
Those who believe in this type of photography interpret the various colors and vividness to mean different things about a person’s state of being at the time that the photo was taken. The various colors are said to indicate mood, emotional health, spiritual connection, and even physical health. Back in 2005, I had an opportunity to have photos taken of myself and my ex husband in Cassadaga, FL. The accuracy of what our auras and their various shades and brightness were said to have meant was astonishing to me. I won’t go into the details but it went into details of our relationship, who we were as individuals, and also into a health condition which I was experiencing at the time that was in no way apparent to the naked eye. I may still have my photo lying around somewhere, but to be truthful, I just do not feel like tearing into storage boxes to try to find it. If I come across it someday, I’ll post it.
What do I make of it then? I am definitely open to believing that there is something to it. However, it is possible that it is nothing more than a sensitive tool in interpreting biological data…which would still make it really cool in my book.
To see artwork which goes with this work, click here to go to the blog of Evangeline who I am collaborating with for this year’s A to Z!