Which Party Do You Belong?
On the subject of aura photography, there are opponents and supporters. On the opponents’ side, there is a healthy skepticism that is primarily based on the pragmatic nature of scientific inductive reasoning that was popularized long ago by Francis Bacon. The skeptics wanted indisputable proof that auras do exist. They would look at aura cameras dubiously and they would treat Kirlian photography as a pseudo-science.
On the side of the supporters, the paranormal world need not provide physical or visual proof of auras. Many of them have never actually seen auras but they can describe auras based on how the idea was presented to them, and they would certainly welcome any opportunity to see an aura. These believers of the paranormal are eager to see the capabilities of aura cameras. Both opponents and supporters would like to know what the aura camera is all about.
The idea of capturing images of auras began even before Semyon Kirlian accidentally discovered the “technique” of taking pictures of auras. The technique is now known as Kirlian photography, but it was hardly a hundred-percent effective technique. All the same, Kirlian photography is contact photography in which the subject touches the film plate. It was not a conventional type of photography until Guy Coggins introduced a special camera called the Progen 6000. This aura camera, however, is not the only one that is available on the Internet.
However, for enlightenment purposes, the Progen 6000 will be more thoroughly described here. To use this camera, the subject must be seated with a black background and must hold the aura camera’s sensors. The still camera is used and the undeveloped picture is pulled out. After a few moments, about 60 seconds, the outer layer at the back of the picture will be peeled off to reveal a developed image that shows the subject’s aura. The film is Polaroid. Then, the aura camera includes analyzer and aura software and the images show the subjects surrounded by a vaguely corona-like light.
A Grain of Salt
The corona-like images might be auras or might be something less remarkable. It might just be the result of the combined interactions of the induced voltage, the length of exposure, the humidity of the air, and the moisture and resistance of the skin of the hands that held on to the sensor’s of the aura cameras.
Checking out the aura camera is indeed tempting but the basic price is prohibitive. One basic set of the aura camera, which includes the cables, the sensors, a video, a book, and several rolls of films, is worth around $10,000. A cursory interest in aura photography would not be sufficient motivation to buy an aura camera. There are, however, other cheaper aura cameras which prices range from $2,000 to $5,000.
This post is part of the series: Kirlian Photography - Capturing a Human Aura on Camera
This is a series of articles about the mystical technique called Kirlian photography.