July 31, 2016

Radiant Human

Portraits of the magical Christina Lonsdale of Radiant Human in her studio in Portland, Oregon - shot on 35mm film by Amanda Leigh Smith

Radiant Human is a project created by Christina Lonsdale, a visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. The prodigal daughter of an energy painter mother and a two-time commune founding father, she was raised on mysticism during the dawning of the digital age—formative years where science and spiritualism occupied equal bandwidth. Lonsdale’s portrait practice seeks a sort of parity between these opposing faiths, shoring up the distance between New Age self-discovery from New Media self(ie)-actualization. The project has toured extensively throughout North America. Radiant Human is the first of it's kind: A roving, fully adaptable aura photography laboratory; a uniquely immersive salon of extrasensory image-making. They make polaroid photographs of you and your aura. The camera works on the principle that we all have electricity in our body and that electricity radiates past our skins surface. This camera uses hand sensors that pick up this electricity and through a proprietary algorithm, matches this electricity to a color, then that color comes out as a dual exposure.
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