Most people have never heard of electrophotography, including my photo teacher when I first asked him about it.
As usual, the most succinct definition I can find is on Wikipedia.
Essentially, Kirlian photography, or electrophotography, is a technique that creates an image on a light-sensitive medium (sheet film or photo paper) of the corona from an electrically charged object. I don't have any sheet film, so I used photographic paper, which also allows me to use a safelight.
If you simply Google "Kirlian photography," most of the pages are about how it's "taking pictures of auras" or some such nonsense. I will say this plain and simple: that is a load of bull. If they are images of an aura, then apparently quarters have souls. I highly doubt that.
There is depressingly little information out there on electrophotography, and no pictures. The three pages that I found were the aforementioned Wikipedia article,
and article from Make magazine
), and this page from Imagesco.com
. To my knowledge, this is the only photographic tutorial on the internet-please prove me wrong in the comments if you know somewhere else.
What's in a name? I have been referring to the process as electrophotography, and the result as an electrophotogram. When the word is broken down to it's roots, it has the best description of the actual process. However, the term "electrophotography" is also used to refer to the process in a Xerox copy machine. This is not
the same process. I also want to point out that this isn't quite true Kirlian photograhy-that requires much higher voltages than I have at the moment, and uses film, not paper.