Aura Portraits

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Striking photographs that capture the colours of a person’s aura and reflect how they feel.

Recently posted by David Rosenberg on ‘Slate

New Zealand photographer Carlo Van de Roer’s portraits not only capture a moment in time but also examine his subjects’ auras. While some people claim to have spiritual gifts that enable them to see colors surrounding people, Van de Roer uses an AuraCam 6000 camera that gathers biofeedback through hand sensors that measure the electromagnetic fields emitted from the subjects. The information about the subject’s energetic and auric qualities are delivered to the camera and projected as vibrant colors onto the instant film.

“You get a mix of association between this information about the subject and a likeness of them in the final [photo],” Van de Roer wrote via email. The AuraCam 6000 also creates a printable diagram with a description of what each color represents.

Van de Roer said because the camera can be controlled only one way, it forced him to simplify the process. He also excluded props and styling and went with more formal poses.

“In the end it forced me out of my comfort zone,” he wrote. “I became more involved with the subject. The act of making the portraits became almost a kind of theatrical performance, trying to affect the subject who in theory could affect the portrait by being connected to the camera. Of course, the more involved I got, the more involved the subject became – and I became more aware of the power-play involved.”

Different aura colors mean different things, and Van de Roer has published a book called The Portrait Machine Project, which explains his subject’s auras. They are connected by sensors to the camera, which translates biofeedback into information about their characters and how they are viewed. The camera depicts this information as color in the Polaroid and as a printed description and diagram.

Generally, blue represents feelings, emotions and instinct while green suggests growth, healing and abundance. Yellow represents optimism, youth and dreaming while orange highlights kindness, vitality and communication. A person whose aura is red is often dynamic and creative but nervous.

There was no information about the colour white but you can read up on that in this discourse excerpt where Osho says, A White Aura is the Best Aura


Read more about Van de Roer’s work:

Related our article Photographs of the Soul
Related discourse Osho on Reich, Kirlian and Auras

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