By Jack Williams
This photographer shows viewers the beauty of France in a whole new light, shooting the country in beautiful infrared.
Pierre-Louis Ferrer’s images are as enchanting as they are intriguing, showing a whole new variation of colouring shrubbery, grass and trees – as well as famous landmarks.
In some of Pierre-Louis’ works, the foliage appears an eye-catching canary yellow – a stark contrast to the more regular shading of the remainder of the images.
In others, it’s whole forests that glow red, giving the French countryside an otherworldly look.
The 30-year-old Paris-based photographer discovered infrared photography in 2010 while he was studying in engineering school.
Travelling the country, Pierre-Louis has shot mini-series in this medium: “Red Pines,” in the Alps; “Golden Perigord,” in the south-west of France; and, for his latest series, “Invisible Paris,” in the nation’s capital.
Pierre-Louis said: “I really like the fact that I can reveal an alternative reality, which is physically real but that we cannot see with our eyes.
“I also like the dreamy effect given by this technique, and the importance given to nature thanks to the properties of foliage.”
For the last two years, the artistic photographer has shot around 90 percent of his images in infrared.
While this has meant a large collection of shots, diligent Pierre-Louis said that he has only selected around 50 works for the public’s eyes so far.
He added: “I restrict the selection of my photographs a lot to only offer the best of them.
“Infrared photography can easily offer attractive pictures, but it does not mean they are interesting.
“I really want my photographs to catch the viewers and bring them to a sensitive world when they can realize the place nature is taken.”
Going forward, Pierre-Louis plans to exhibit his work in galleries in, and outside of, France.
A section of these images are currently on display at the gardens of Marqueyssac, Dordogne, which will run until 2021.