Very mythical in the 1970s until very recently, Kirlian photography is also known as “aura photography”, it is highly appreciated by spiritualists for its process and the crucial information that these photographs give them. Even if nowadays it has been borrowed and distorted, Kirlian photography remains an icon in the scientific field.
Credit : Emmanuel Heredia
It all began in 1939 when a scientific technician named Seymion Kirlian and his wife Valentina discovered by the greatest of all chance that they had succeeded in photographing a live object with high electrical activity, thus giving birth to Kirlian photography.
Very quickly the story spread and the experiments showed a halo around objects or people under the same tension. For mediums and parapsychologists there was no doubt about it: Kirlian photography was a way of proving the existence of the human soul, which was then nicknamed “the aura”. The fashion around these photographs has spread around the world with authentic photographs highlighting the electromagnetism around us or objects.
Kirlian photography would be composed as follows: photography would allow to take in image a luminous halo which would be an effect commonly called “the Corona effect”. That is, the Kirlian effect could photograph the colorization of air ionizations from different electromagnetic fields. Since then, current science has been able to demonstrate that halos of light were not strictly speaking auras but electromagnetic particles surrounding us. There is also a theory that says that the soul is made up of electromagnetic waves and that it is unusual to say that an object has its own aura.
Thus, depending on the electromagnetic fields around an object or person, it would then be possible to distinguish different colors that would then have an estimated width between 1 and 3 cm. These colours would be halos of light obtained by the gaseous ionization of electromagnetic fields around a person or various objects used during photographic experiments. It would also have been demonstrated through these photographs, particularly through the experience of the Kirlian leaf, that a part of a cut or broken object always keeps its imprint intact thanks to electromagnetic fields. Just as humidity would also play a role in the appearance of halos.
New developments in this mode would now use variations of these scientific images to make aura readings in order to categorize each color from each halo of light used by the photographs. These categories of colour would thus make it possible to diagnose psychological disorders, diseases or parasitic disabilities.
Of course this new evolution would not be accepted by science given the frauds and misunderstanding of these halos of light, especially for photographs that would highlight disorders related to the belief of the chakras (the chakras would be energy points allowing a person to be balanced and in harmony with his soul and subtle bodies, the chakras are a belief of the existence of Kundalini Yoga in Buddhism). Science still does not recognize Kirlian photography as a scientific advance, refuting the existence of auras or etheric bodies but admitting the impact of ionization and electromagnetic fields on people or objects.
Highlight image credit:
- Photography Kirlian – Plionio Ganzer Moreira