Nature

By Jack Williams


Surreal infrared photos makes snowy Alaska look like the site of an erupting volcano or another planet as vibrant reds, pinks, purples and oranges pop from gushing waterfalls, rock formations, icebergs and rising mist.

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The ethereal works make the location appear to be almost otherworldly, with the beautiful hues helping to highlight the intricacies of each photograph, as well as the remoteness of the location.

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The images were shot by photographer and designer Bradley G. Munkowitz, who travelled to Alaska’s Tracy Arm Fjord in order to capture the series.

Bradley, who lives in Hackney, London, decided to photograph the collection, entitled “Inframunk vs Tracy Arm Fjord,” while taking a family vacation in Alaska last summer.

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Having previously worked with infrared while shooting a music video, Bradley, 41, booked a small excursion boat to allow him photograph the fjord’s mountains, icebergs and wildlife using the same techniques.

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In order to shoot in such a style, Bradley said, he required a camera that sees the full spectrum of light, including ultraviolet and infrared.

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This summer, the photographer is heading to Iceland, where he hopes to shoot similar works.

Bradley said: “I’ve been constantly shooting infrared because I love the world it puts me in.

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“I used an amazing service to modify my cameras, and also used their Super Color Infrared filters, which limit the spectrum of light reaching the sensor – in effect isolating the infrared wavelength.

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“You then adjust the white balance through the viewfinder to capture the maximum amount of contrast between the mountains, foliage and environmental aspects.

“What this gives you is a surreal, high-contrast image that is mostly made up of purple and magenta hues.

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“The response has been great – actually a little surprising

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“I think the amazing scenic landscapes of Alaska were responsible for the success, to be honest.”