Driving east of Raleigh, North Carolina you enter what is considered the “New Belt” tobacco region of the state. Geographically speaking the New Belt region is rather flat featureless compared to other regions of the state. In fact to a guy who has spent the last 40 plus years living in the mountains of Pennsylvania. The flatness of this area is almost enough to send me into uncontrollable panic attacks. Really it takes a little adjusting to get use to a place like this. I experienced a similar panicked feeling in the big wide open of the plains states.
Once past this odd, uncomfortable feeling of being surrounded by flatness I began to see beauty in this place. This area despite being labeled the “New Belt” is actually extremely old and steeped in history. Many of these fields have been farmed for more than hundred years. The interesting thing is. Many of the families living and farming in this region today are the same families who tilled and farmed these fields 100 years ago.
As a photographer who is use to photographing nature, mainly in the Appalacian Mountains, the back woods of Pennsylvania, I found it challenging to really find my focus here. Though I did have a few aw inspiring moments where my creative juices were flowing. These moments were brought on by what I witnessed through the lens of a full spectrum modified Canon DSLR! I keep saying it and I’m going to say it again. Vegetation, lots of sunlight, a cloudy sky and water in any order, or mix and you have the perfect set up for great infrared photography. The one thing that Ive noticed doing a ton of photography in the infrared spectrum is that this form of photography has the ability to turn the everyday into the extraordinary.
At this point I’m going to stop myself rambling on. I want you to check these amazing infrared photos out before I bore the life out of you. And remember if you see one, or several that you would like printed, or printed and framed please contact me. I will go out of my to accommodate your needs. Whether it be a single 5×7 print, or a dozen framed 10×14’s.