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Amazing Photogram by Robert Buelteman

July 2, 2009
by Robert Buelteman

by Robert Buelteman

Amazing Photogram by Robert Buelteman. Photogram is a form of photography but instead of using a camera he used high voltage, high frequency electricity. Photogram is based on Kirlian Photography, a popular technique in contact photography during the 30’s.

by Robert Buelteman

by Robert Buelteman

Buelteman’s process is refined but very risky. The flowers and leaves are taken without the camera but instead placed it directly into the color transparency film or photographic paper and covers with a diffusion screen, for more details. Then placed all of them in a sheet metal that floating in a liquid silicon which is squeezed between Plexiglass. And then shocks them with 80,000 volts that created the corona discharge around the subject.

by Robert Buelteman

by Robert Buelteman

After the electrifying process, Buelteman then hand-painting the film by using a single strand of fiber optic that makes the subject glow – and takes him as many as 150 attempts to get the right one. More info about photogram and Signs of Life at Wired.

via [todayandtomorrow]

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2009 4:25 am

    Very neat, never seen or heard about it b4! Gonna have to try it one day! I got here foolowing a link about freelensing photography (not freelancing lol)

    • October 18, 2009 9:00 am

      Hey Alfonso(Pompo),
      Glad that you found my site thru freelensing, not freelancing! lol
      Yeah, the images are neat but it involves lots of time and electric shocking(talking here high voltage), but if you want to try it, just be cautious.
      Though the master himself (Buelteman) assured that

      It’s not as dangerous as it sounds, though I do have a neck brace hanging from the safelight in my darkroom as a reminder of the dangers involved.

      Good luck and thanks for droppin’by!

      Bytheway, I saw your photoblog(site) and flickr… it’s great! 🙂

  2. July 17, 2009 4:13 am

    Yeah, I came across his stuff some time ago. Shocking, to say the least.

    • July 18, 2009 2:13 pm

      hi Chris,
      Not only shocking but should I say, it is electric shocking! 😀

      And hope that some newbie photographers out there will not try this kind of photography, but if they insists, then they must contact Mr. Buelteman himself for some tip and advice, I think he doesn’t mind 🙂

  3. July 4, 2009 10:03 pm

    It’s not as dangerous as it sounds, though I do have a neck brace hanging from the safelight in my darkroom as a reminder of the dangers involved. While the voltage is quite high, the amperage is quite low.


    • July 5, 2009 12:04 am

      hi sir Buelteman,
      It’s a great honor that you visit and had commented on my blog, though you assured that it’s not dangerous as it sounds, but I still feel the danger and the risks if it involved a high percentage/voltage of electricity(call me an electrophobia).
      But I’d still love your work and I’d like to read and see your latest book, Signs of Life. 🙂

      Thanks for droppin’ by!

  4. July 3, 2009 10:25 pm

    i’m simply wowed!

  5. severnyproductions permalink
    July 2, 2009 12:43 am

    These are very exciting images

    • July 2, 2009 1:13 pm

      hi kokot,
      Indeed. it is exciting and amazing images, yet done dangerously – I can’t imagine the involvement of high voltage during the process. 🙂
      btw, thanks4droppin’by!

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