Updated: Jun 14
What is the high frequency electrophotography?
The Kirlian effect is a type of high frequency electrophotography, through which the radiation field of the object, which is being photographed is captured within a photographic film. The procedure is simple: the film is placed on a metal plate (discharge plate). The object to be photographed, is placed on the film and then high voltage is applied momentarily on the discharge plate. The corona discharge that is triggered between the object and the discharge plate is passing through the photographic film and that concludes the procedure of a Kirlian photograph.
A re-discovered phenomenon
It is a widely known phenomenon that was accidentally discovered by Semyon Kirlian in Ukraine during 1939. An object on a photographic plate was momentarily exposed to a high voltage electric field. As a result, the photographic lens captured a unique image in the film. Most people are not aware that Kirlian was not the first to discover this phenomenon as it was known since 1777 under various names such as electrography and electrophotography. Relevant experiments were conducted during that same year by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, in order to understand this phenomenon. Later on, many famous personalities tried to experiment with it as well, including Nikola Tesla.
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Photographing the Aura
The Kirlian phenomenon has been associated with various paranormal phenomena since the beginning and that leads dozens of researchers around the world, to formulate numerous theories that occur due to the photographic results. The most famous theory is that the electric field that is captured around the object being photographed is the object’s aura which consists many unknown elements in today’s science. In fact , in an attempt to prove the hypothesis above, the most famous paranormal experiment in the world was conducted. According to the phenomenon, if one photographs a leaf with a Kirlian camera, the electric field of the leaf will be captured by the lens. During the experiments, the conductors were able to reproduce the phenomenon only when using the same glass (which was used to press the leaf onto the photographic film) in 2 photographs. In the case where new glass was placed in the second image, the electric field depicted just a leaf cut. After that, they concluded that the “phantom leaf” phenomenon was caused by tiny corrosions from acids that scratched the glass during the first shot, which also affected the second one.
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30 parameters and the correct way to photograph
Due to the nature of the phenomenon, the electric evacuation that is caused by high voltage pressure in the air, leads to ionization. There are 30 different parameters which play an important role on the final image, like: the chemical composition of the air, the roughness of the object’s surface, the chemical composition of the object, various characteristics of the electric power that is applied to the discharge plate etc. Even tiny changes in one of the parameters above may lead to serious alterations of the final image. The only parameters which are linked to the human body (when that is being photographed) are the chemical elements that our body contain. On a theoretical base, conclusions can be drawn about the state of one’s health just from taking a Kirlian photograph of the human fingers. Certain diseases may alter the chemical composition of the human skin and thus it may be visible through the image. However, in order to draw any reliable conclusion, all parameters must be precisely coordinated and that is an extremely difficult task. Even a tiny deviation in the pressure of the film can lead to big alterations of the final image since as the air pressure increases, the air between the film and the evacuation plate is decreased. Although it may be extremely difficult to regulate all the 30 parameters correctly, it is not impossible. L.W.Koikiewicz, an American researcher, managed to diagnose cystic fibrosis in some patients (as well as those of the same gene). He also observed that the brightness of an image differs when a woman is during her menstruating process!