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“Infraland” is a graphic and visual exploration of nature. For this project I've used Infrared digital photography (IR). This technique enables the full sensitivity of the camera’s sensor, making it sensitive to UV, visible, and IR light. Elements with chlorophyll, such as grass, leaves and trees, strongly reflect IR light on the invisible wavelength. Infrared photography has been used to document pollution, for forest surveys in agriculture and also in military and scientific photography.
This project has been shot on the Mont Blanc Glacier (an altitude of 3.600 m) in order to use Infrared photography to document climate change in this alpine area. Seeing through atmospheric pollution, nature stands out and it becomes clear how trees are taking over a territory that historically has been covered by ice. Normal photography portrays beauty, Infrared photography portrays the bitter truth.
© 2018 Paolo Pettigiani