A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Inspired by a solar eclipse, infrared images of Angkor evoke a dreamy, surreal landscape.
In October 1995, the shadow of a solar eclipse would sweep over two of the earth's great spiritual sites--the Taj Mahal in India and the ancient temples of Angkor in Cambodia. Having long wanted to see Angkor, photographer John McDermott decided that this would be an intriguing time for his first visit. He remained in Angkor for several days, photographing the temples and ruins using infrared film--which captures light frequencies invisible to the naked eye--to create a dreamy, impressionistic effect similar to what McDermott experienced as the eclipse neared totality.
Photographer John McDermott's recent work includes photographs for The Extraordinary Museums of Southeast Asia by Kristin Kelly (Harry N. Abrams, 2001), and is also featured on his website at www.johnmcdermottphoto.com.