About the Book
Insects are not able to see red, and, just like birds, are able to see more clearly in the ultraviolet part of the spectrum. Plants use this ultraviolet part to achieve even brighter colours with which to attract insects for pollination and to alert birds to ripe fruit, berries and seeds. What we see in infra-red is actually the plant in a pure way, without the colours that are designed to lure animals. The unadorned plant, stripped of make-up, the shamelessly naked plant, as it were.
But perhaps it is also the perception of an alien creature that views our blue-green planet as, respectively, a red and light blue fairytale landscape. Or conversely, it may resemble a once lush landscape on Mars, with dark red skies and alien, icy blue vegetation.
Normally infrared pictures are presented in black and white as people are not familiar with those strange colours. We are used to black and white infrared pictures as the early infrared films where black and white anyhow.
I like the strange colour spectrum of digital infrared photo's though, and present my pictures in the vivid book 'Vibrance' and this book called 'Desaturated', in which a slight touch of this world colours remain in almost black and white.
Robin Noorda, Amsterdam 2019
Robin Noorda studied animation, graphic design and photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In the eighties he was designer for the Dutch television and pioneering computer animator. He co-founded the art movement Tropism. Some projects: 2007 documentary film 'Shivering Beauty - Soundscape of Mongolia', book 'Transit Mongolia' and photo exhibition. http://www.robin-noorda.com/transit-mongolia.html 2009 - 2015 stop-motion animation films 'Red-end and the Seemingly Symbiotic Society' and 'Red-end and the Factory Plant'. http://www.robin-noorda.com/animation-red-end-and-the-factory-plant.html 2013, 2015 'Photosynthesis. An international traveling art exhibition. Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam in 2013, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in 2015. http://www.robin-noorda.com/photosynthesis.html 2014, 2015 interactive underwater light installation 'Sneaky Serpents'. shown at the Amsterdam Light Festival and at a Swedish festival. http://www.robin-noorda.com/sneaky-serpents-in-sweden.