Just because we can't see a flower glowing, doesn't mean it isn't.
In a stunning photo series, photographer Craig Burrows proves this using ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF) photography to capture what really happens when sunlight meets a flower.
"I personally am reminded that there is a vast and often invisible world out there," Burrows tells A Plus in an email. "Photographers' work with infrared, reflected-UV, UVIVF [photography], etc., reveal beautiful facets of it, which otherwise we can't appreciate with our limited human senses ... I'm consistently blown away by the idea that the light in UVIVF photos is something we're always able to see, but which is overwhelmed by visible light from the sun."
Because Burrows' won't necessarily know what his photo will look like until he shoots it, there's an element of surprise associated with his work.
"There's a joy in discovery when taking the first photos of a flower," Burrows says. "Sometimes I see a little glimmer in a flower beforehand, but the result in the photo is that magnified intensely."
Of course, such a process doesn't come without its frustrations. Burrows says he'll anticipate certain results from particular flowers and end up disappointed. But when it works, it works. In fact, Burrows often hears that his photos have resonated with people on a spiritual level. And while that wasn't necessarily his intent, Burrows says he's glad "the series of photographs is inspiring people in any fashion."
Nature has always inspired Burrows. Growing up, he spent time indulging in it, and would spent time camping and experiencing the outdoors with his family.
Now, "I think given the increasing tendency of people to spend time indoors, at computers, or working more hours to make ends meet, it's harder to and more necessary to experience nature," Burrows says.
"Given those things, photographing natural things indulges both my own interests and brings an opportunity to enjoy/appreciate nature to those who otherwise wouldn't or couldn't."