Exposing the hidden secrets in skin with ultraviolet light and a UV-sensitive camera


posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM EST


Mathieu Stern teamed up with fellow French photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer to showcase how a modified DSLR camera can show many details hidden in your skin. Ferrer is well-regarded for his ultraviolet and infrared photography and Stern wanted to work with Ferrer to see what they could do together in the studio.

Using ultraviolet lightbulbs, a large UV ring flash and a UV-sensitive DSLR, the duo showed how different we look when exposed to UV light using specialized camera gear. It's always fun to see familiar subjects in a new way. Many details you would never see under normal lighting conditions appear and the colors - or lack thereof - are distinct.

You can see high-resolution images from the above photoshoot here. If you are curious what other familiar subjects - in this case fruits - look like under UV light, check out the video below, which Stern produced with Ferrer last fall.

To see more of Pierre-Louis Ferrer's work, visit his website.

(Seen via ISO 1200)