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COLOR INFRARED 

True color infrared photography, which was a film stock manufactured by Kodak (Aerochrome), was retired in 2007 and any remaining stock is long expired.  There is just no such thing as hoarding Aerochrome film since it was basically expired the moment it left the shelf.  It was hard to use and getting a good exposure was an endless trial.  It had to be loaded in complete darkness with film cameras that were almost completely manual and free of electronics.  During my period of infrared obsession from 2000- 2003, I shot perhaps 50 rolls of Aerochrome and exposed probably 100 good frames.  A few were interesting, most were tossed.  

 

The images I selected for this gallery were mostly made in 2002 when I was shooting my experimental film about ghost towns, "Dead Lonesome."  At that time I was hard at work trying to talk Kodak into granting my production a 400' roll of the film stock to shoot through a 35mm motion picture camera.  Kodak said it couldn't be done and that "motion picture cameras are light leak traps."  I politely disagreed  since at the time I managed a satellite office for a major rental house in Salt Lake City and I knew Arriflex movie cameras inside and out and I assured them I knew how to seal off all the possible points of entry for light leaks, but in the end, it was a no go. Their final argument, and it is a valid one, is that no film lab could process 400' of Aerochrome infrared film without introducing some sort of invisible light into the mix.  To this day I so regret not fighting Kodak harder.  I'm good at badgering people into doing things my way, especially if it's a one off deal.  To my knowledge nobody has shot color infrared moving film images and I wanted to be that filmmaker who pulled it off.