Paolo Pettigiani, an infrared photographer, turned a three-week car trip through France into a photographic experience. Pettigiani takes us on a new and exciting journey around France, from Provence to Normandy and the Palace of Versailles. The project is an extension of his continuing Infraland project, which began in 2015.
The Italian photographer captures the hidden electromagnetic radiation of infrared light with a modified full-spectrum camera for Infraland. He’s continued to dazzle us with the cotton-candy colours of these pictures from New York to the Italian Dolomites. And his photographs of France in infrared are no exception. A heart-shaped tree in Provence that glows brilliant crimson and the famed Normandy cliffs are two standouts.
Places like Normandy, which are so instantly recognizable, take on a new dimension under the infrared lens. Similarly, the historic gardens of Versailles are transformed with pink shrubs and icy blue water. Pettigiani also captured Mont-Saint-Michel, a medieval island just off the coast of Normandy. In his photos, the Gothic abbey soars into the air like a pink cake topper on a birthday cake.
Pettigiani ended his time in Brittany, France’s most northwestern region. “The coast is very beautiful, with a perfect mix of white sandy beaches suitable for swimming, attractive rocky coves and pools to explore, and dramatic cliffs and rock formations to enjoy,” he writes. And indeed, his infrared photography plays out this description, with slightly different colors giving a dramatic feel to the environment.
Another reason for Pettigiani’s ongoing project’s popularity is its unique spin on a classic road trip. We’ll be watching him closely to see where he goes next.
Paolo Pettigiani, an infrared photographer, made a three-week road journey throughout France and returned with a fresh perspective on the nation.
He started his journey in Provence, where he found this adorable heart-shaped tree.
He then took a new look at the famed Palace of Versailles and its grounds, which are located outside of Paris.
His photograph of the Normandy cliffs takes on cotton-candy colours thanks to a converted full-spectrum camera.
He even made time to visit Mont-Saint-Michel, a historic island off the coast of France.
In the northern part of Brittany, his voyage came to an end.