From Kirlian to Coggins
The photography technique that supposedly captures the images of aura is known as Kirlian photography, named after its discoverer. Semyon Kirlian. In 1939, Semyon Kirlian claimed that he accidentally photographed the aura of an object using such a unique contact photography technique. With the help of his wife, Semyon reported that he perfected the technique and such can be utilized to conduct non-invasive diagnosis of any person’s illness.
However, Semyon Kirlian was not the first person to attempt aura photography. About three decades earlier, in the 1890s, an officer of the French Army tried to record images of people’s auras but could not consistently produce good results. Kirlian is also not the last person to experiment with aura photography. In 1992, a Californian entrepreneur, named Guy Coggins, demonstrated an aura imaging technique using a camera with sensors. The special camera, which is distributed by a company called Progen, supposedly has the ability to reveal the life force emitted by the chakras.
Would an investigative photographer take the risk of buying this expensive Aura Camera 6000? Or would it be more sensible and practical, money-wise, to buy a new telephoto lens?