Infra-rouge: Photographer captures Paris using vintage infrared film

A photographer has transformed Paris into an other-worldly landscape by capturing his shots on a vintage INFRARED film.

Infrared Paris

The incredible rouge colour as created by the infrared film

Photographer Sean Lynch turned the City of Love a spectacular hue of pink using the unique, extremely rare method.

Infrared Paris

The film reflects certain infrared waves which make for unique looking photographs

Infrared film captures reflected infrared waves from certain materials – the same way visible light would reflect off a car.

Infrared Paris

Foliage tends to bring out the brightest colours, turning any green space into a vibrant pink colour

Due to the green pigment chlorophyll, foliage has the most notable change with the film, appearing a pink-red colour.

Infrared Paris

As the popularity of digital cameras has grown, the film, which was discontinued in 2007, has now become rare to find

With digital cameras becoming increasingly popular infrared film was discontinued in 2007.

Today, prices for the film all depend on what photographers are willing to pay – usually ranging from $50 (£32) to $200 (£129) a roll.

Due to dwindling supplies Sean balances taking many shots of each location with how many new locations he hopes to photograph in future.

Sean, from New York, USA, said: “Most infrared film expired around 2007 so unless some was frozen for the past decade or stored in a salt mine people may be out of luck.

“A big challenge is also finding film which has been properly stored and not degraded from heat, humidity, and gamma radiation.

“I get people commenting on my work and assuming it is photoshopped all the time.

“But others seem to appreciate the artistic application of a film which was originally designed for military aerial photography purposes.

“And fellow photographers can appreciate the difficulty in sourcing, mastering and developing EIR film.”