Aim

Kirlian photography was first discovered in 1939 by Semyon and Valentina Kirlian who observed that when electrodes were brought near the skin, it caused a faint glow to be perceived. The procedure is said to show a coronal discharge – energy – from objects and people that it captures on film. The colours of the depicted can then be interpreted to show emotional and mental states of the person in the picture.

Method

We booked a session with local Kirlian photographer and aura reader, Jann Morgan. The whole setup was admittedly rather fascinating – the camera looked like it belonged to the 18th Century and was attached to two metal plates where you rested your hands and what looked like an old fashioned fax machine. This was used to create an algorithmic measure of the colours found within the aura. This was all set up in front of a wooden stool with a cute, velveteen curtain as background, decorated with some tinsel. It was all rather quaint but still a little daunting… what if our aura revealed some deep dark secret?

Results

When the process was all done, we put all our photographs in a line to see what our auras apparently look like and the results were rather amusing.

With all of us, there was a definite trend towards the warmer end of the spectrum – red, orange, gold and yellow with dashes of pink and green for good measure. Jann explained that these were the more creative colours and that the consistency throughout the group was indicative of why we all get along so well.

Then, as we started to compare each individual image, we noticed that some of us were definitely more alike than others. Which is also true in real life.

Both Steve and Lauren had solid, bright red auras. This, according to Jann, was the colour of willpower and leadership and the auras of resourceful and creative individuals and while we don’t want to say that either of them are stubborn… it might just be a little bit true.

Next up was Ben, Clint and Min. All three had a lot of orange but, when we looked at them a little closer, each had their own quirks and peculiarities. Which, again, if you have ever met Ben, Clint or Min, this makes complete sense.

Ben’s aura was made up of bright orange, gold and a touch of bright yellow green in the middle – all the colours of creativity, a rather odd sense of humour and a bit of a nerd. Min’s aura was orange, pink and red – meaning that she is charismatic, outgoing but abounding in maternalism (which she absolutely is!). Finally, Clint’s aura was probably the most fun – dubbed the ‘unicorn’s aura’ Clint had more colours than the rest of the team put together with orange, red, green, blue and a bit of turquoise for good measure. Creative and outgoing, yet empathic and a bit of a dreamer, this was also the most accurate description of our team.

Are we convinced that we are surrounded by a luminous cloud of energy that captures our inner essence? Maybe not. But it was a fun experiment that showed us just one more way that colour can be used to create meaning and express parts of ourselves.