Paolo Pettigiani – InfraScapes


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You can easily run a search on Instagram to discover that Aeolian Islands are one of the most photographed places in south Italy. Lipari, Stromboli, Vulcano are places where many landscape photographers usually go every year to capture the beauty of this Archipelagus often hit by the strenght of nature.

It’s the approach that makes Paolo Pettigiani‘s work about the archipelagus unique. Using a modified camera, able to capture a wider spectrum of light, his images are more similar to the pictures captured by Mars Opportunity than the ones printed on any travel magazine. Infrared film have been used for decades to see what human eyes could not see (Richard Mosse’s Infra above all) but the way these digitally captured images can stand between illustration and scientific photography makes them special and worth of a share.

In the words of its author:

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.” – William Blake (The marriage of Heaven and Hell) Blake had guessed that it is possible to “see beyond what is visible”. Indeed, humans tend to believe in what they are able to conceive, to see, to hear. Though truth is wider than what our eyes are able to focus on. This is why I decided to specialize in infrared photography: to make the invisible evident. With #InfraScapes project, my aim is to show something that is broadly recognizable to the human eye, under a new and unexpected point of view. After three years of Arts and Design courses at Politecnico in Turin, these shots (a work I began in 2014) have awakened my need to use color in order to distort reality. This project, for example, has been shot with a Nikon D750, converting Full-Spectrum, to explore the light’s spectrum emanated by plants. A spark that lies just beyond the beam visible to men.

Paolo Pettigiani

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