In 2016, Andrew Child published “Havana: Light Beyond Vision” using a layer of infrared light to emphasize the beauty, age, moodiness and decay of Cuba’s capital.

Looking for new panoramas to capture last year, he headed to the Cape and Islands.

“My sister-in-law has a place in Provincetown and we had vacationed here, but I didn’t really feel like I got to know the Cape until I started shooting for the book,” Child says in an interview from his Acton home.

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From May through October of 2018, Child drove once or twice a week from his home northwest of Boston to the Cape. Some days, he went on to the Islands. He researched about 250 popular scenes, which provided about half the book’s panoramas.

The rest came from driving backroads, stumbling on vistas including antique aircraft at Cape Cod Airfield, and the Chilmark Writing Workshop on Martha’s Vineyard, where he found an otherworldly woodsy scene of writing prompts — a well-loved doll slumped on a chair and an antique typewriter anchored on a metal pole.

One of his favorite shots, Child says, shows the Artemis (a 42-foot defunct fishing vessel grounded since March 2018) on the breakwater in Provincetown.

Child shot 400 photos to find the 78 for his new book, “Cape Cod and the Islands: Light Beyond Vision.” It is available for delivery next month, $39.95, at andrewchild.com, Amazon and “hopefully local bookstores soon,” he says.

“I overshot,” Child says. “I wanted to have geographic inclusion, and the tricky part was not whether any spot worked or not worked, but how it would fit together with the other photos.

“I looked at shape, color, form, subject matter: It’s not a narrative in the word sense; it’s definitely a narrative in the visual sense,” he says, pointing to how a series of docks and jetties are linked through both manmade and natural architecture.

Commercial and former news photographer Joe Baraban helped make the selections.

One of the qualities that defines Child’s work is how he captures the images. Using a tripod, he shoots an infrared photo in the light range not visible to the naked eye. Switching filters, he then photographs the exact same scene in the range the eye can see, which adds color.

He lays those images atop each other and manipulates qualities like color saturation to produce the mood he has seen, Child says. Many digital cameras will shoot infrared if you remove the hot filter inside, he says, warning that it does violate the camera’s warranty.

Lastly, he repeats the process two more times, overlapping edges of the images so he can stitch them together on the computer into 36-inch-wide numbered prints. Digital cameras do have panoramic modes, but they don’t allow the photographer to manipulate the photos as much.

“For every single one (image) I’ve got some rules: I don’t add things not there.”

Child explains the infrared-and-stitching approach in the back of his book. The rest of the coffee-table sized book features is panoramic shots labeled with the place.

Photographers have been experimenting with infrared photography since the 1930s, when film was introduced that supported capturing those black-and-white images.

“The technique evolved over time,” Child says. “What I love about infrared is growing things, like grass, look almost luminescent; skies get dark and moody,”

Both of Child’s books are self-published with funding supplied by individuals giving from $25 to $500 or more through the crowd-funding site, Kickstarter. A $25 donation receives an e-book; over $500 gets you a three-foot limited edition print.

“I feel like you have a real responsibility to do the project well and on time. Having people investing money kept me responsible,” Child says.

Child, 54, describes himself as an Army brat who studied political science and international studies at American University in Washington, D.C., but, while still in college, “had an early mid-life crisis” and decided not to become a lawyer. His love of photographing vistas developed in Kenya, where he spent a year with World Teach. He so loved photographing the Kenyan vistas that he took up photography and graphic arts in the United States.

“Web design pays my kids’ college bills and the photography feeds my soul,” Child says of his current work.



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