Full-spectrum macro images make plant life look like alien worlds

These fascinating images may look like would be right at home in a far-off alien landscape, but they are actually close-ups of stunning plant life.

The project, named “Suprachromacy,” is a full-spectrum photography series of plants from across Lanzarote, the Canary Islands.

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In the vibrant macro images, the likes of hairs and needles from cacti look as though they belong in an alien world.

The series was shot by photographer Marcus Wendt, the creative director at digital art studio FIELD in London.

Pic from Marcus Wendt / Caters

Marcus said: “These alien colour spectra spark ideas about how we see colour, how much depth is locked up in the colour green, and whether colour is a property, or a sensation.

“And also what plants might look like on planets under a different-colour sun.”

Pic from Marcus Wendt / Caters

Rather than opt for a traditional infrared look, which Marcus felt looked slightly cheesy, the photographer experimented in order to find the right combination of subject, location and data to achieve the look he was hoping for.

The images, the photographer said, fuse our natural understanding of the world with the supernatural, giving a glimpse of how it would be to see beyond human expectations.

Pic from Marcus Wendt / Caters

The project, Marcus said, was inspired by the words of Isaac Newton: “For the Rays, to speak properly, are not coloured.

“In them, there is nothing else than a certain power and disposition to stir up a sensation of this or that colour.”