In 1939, Semyon and Valentina Kirlian, a Russian electrical engineer and his biologist wife, discovered coronal discharge photography and dubbed it “Kirlian photography” – believing that these photos could provide psychic insights. “Aura photography” – as it’s now widely 1a known – is a specific type of photography and printing linking instant-film camera to charged metal plates containing biofeedback sensors. Jack Bowman is a studio portrait photographer interested in the revealing properties of aura imagery – at once visually compelling and conceptually ambiguous, with greens denoting healing and blues connected with empathy. Bowman references new age subcultures, with an air of the ethereal and immaterial.
Ellie Greensmith’s work taps into the widespread emotions from the past 12 months, exploring crucial conversations about mental health.
Maria Anderson is an abstract artist whose work challenges personal identity within the surrounding environment.