I have been shooting infrared for many years – as a matter of fact, as mentioned in my previous post, the creation of GLSmyth.com in 1995 was the result of wishing to be able to describe the results of using Kodak high-speed infrared film.
House of Dreams was the first infrared image I shot that I felt was successful. I returned many times to this house, which used to exist near my parents’ home near Morgantown, WV, and re-shoot using different types and sizes of film (this is from a 35mm negative), but none matched the intention.
My idea was to create an image that would serve as a link to the past. Sometime, long ago, someone lived here and this house was probably their pride and joy. Now the house is abandoned and there is a story that lies in between – one we will probably never know. The ethereal quality of the image speaks to this history, or perhaps lack of history, and we are left to fill in the blanks ourselves.