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Photos to Inspire: Lucia Bucklin
By Lynne Eodice
Feb 2, 2011

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Lucia Bucklin's fine-art infrared images have been described by some of her clients as "delicate and surreal" and "mysterious." One of her corporate clients has stated that her images "bring a sense of both peace and beauty to the workplace." Her photography is marketed primarily through galleries on the east coast, and she says, "I can produce work on commission, particularly for corporate clients who have a specific need in mind." She has also earned numerous International Photography Awards over the past few years.

© Lucia Bucklin

To view her photos is to be transported to an ethereal, dreamlike place. Bucklin says, "I look for images that evoke strong memories when I'm shooting infrared, and am always searching for visual images of the past. I look for unusual locations." As for where she enjoys shooting pictures, "I love walking with my camera in hand," she explains. "I take many of my photos in Westchester County, New York, or Fairfield County, Connecticut. When I travel, I also bring my camera. I've taken many great photos in California (particularly San Francisco), Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania. I'm drawn to old buildings, barns, nature, and animals, especially horses."

© Lucia Bucklin

Originally from Canada, Bucklin once worked as a headhunter. She met her future husband--an American--while he was working in Toronto, and the couple moved to the U.S. after they were married. After the birth of their two daughters, she returned to college to study journalism. "I took photography classes to compliment my writing and fell in love with the camera. When I took an Alternative Processes class, I was introduced to infrared photography and got hooked on it," she states.  She photographed news and sports for a number of newspapers in Greenwich, Connecticut, but left three years ago to concentrate on shooting and marketing her fine-art infrared photography.

© Lucia Bucklin

Bucklin shoots all of her images with infrared film, which she describes as a challenging medium to work with. "You shoot with a red #25 filter and must visualize your shot. I use Kodak high-speed infrared film rather than shooting digitally, as I feel that the look is more dramatic and surreal--although digital is running pretty close. Out of a roll of 36 negatives, I consider myself lucky if I have three to four excellent shots," she comments.

© Lucia Bucklin

"I have my work processed at a professional lab, and I scan the negatives into my computer. Then I make any necessary corrections and sepia-tone the photo in Adobe Photoshop. My images are printed on Epson Fine-Art Velvet Paper or Fine-Art Matte Paper on an Epson R2400, which uses archival inks." The photographs that she produces are double-matted, signed, titled, numbered, and framed under Plexiglas, using black Bainbridge aluminum frames.

© Lucia Bucklin

Bucklin is currently working on one-of-a kind hand-colored photographs of infrared landscapes, which are printed on canvas. "A full collection should be available for summer, 2007," she estimates. And as for her photographic strengths, Bucklin points to the uniqueness of her imagery. "Infrared landscapes have a surreal, ethereal beauty in which the view can lose themselves."

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