Walking in a winter wonderland: Photographer transforms iconic Paris Landmarks using infrared light!
Paris is usually recognised by its bright lights, historic monuments and world-class cuisine, but a French photographer has captured the city from a different all-white perspective.
Pierre-Louis Ferrer, from Paris, has snapped iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and Sacré Coeur and produced breathtaking shots using infrared photography.
Although digital cameras are naturally able to record infrared and UV light, they are stopped from doing this by a ‘hot mirror’ filter which transforms it into a ‘normal’ picture.
By removing this filter and using a special infrared filter Pierre-Louis can capture his surroundings in glorious shades of white that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.
Pierre-Louis, 28, said: “I find the effect of infrared photography poetic and dreamy.
“To see the effects of invisible light through my camera is something magical.
“Paris is known more for its monuments than for its parks and gardens.
“In my project nature comes back to the foreground and becomes more attractive than the monuments themselves.”
Pierre-Louis, who lives in Paris with his girlfriend, says that he gets a positive reaction from people who view his work.
Pierre-Louis said: “Infrared photography expands creative opportunities by giving a unique look that cannot be obtained only with post-processing.
“People generally love the effect at first because it’s unique, then they become more curious and want to know how the picture were taken.
“I’m really happy and proud at how these pictures turned out.”
Pierre-Louis said: “I am also a member of a group of photographers, called LUM’IR, who specialise in infrared photography.
“We are four photographers trying to encourage people to try out this special technique, and we often hold exhibitions in Paris to raise the profile of this type of photography.
“I often walk through the Parisian streets alone, taking time to observe my environment and the way the sunlight lights up my subjects.”