Surreal California in Infrared Through Kate Ballis’ Lens

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With infrared photography you see things that the naked eye cannot perceive, resulting in surreal images. Australian photographer Kate Ballis has decided to show us the invisible side of California.

Most photographers use a special filter for infrared, which they place on the lens. The filter then blocks the light that is normally visible and only transmits invisible light waves. The result is a recognizable world in strange hyper-saturated colors.

Ballis, from the Australian Melbourne, made a tour of California with her specially modified camera for shooting in infrared. She visited, among others, the Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs. These places are typically Californian – think of palm trees and swimming pools. However, if you view these places in infrared, everything will get a surreal twist and becomes a surreal dreamscape.

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Fronds 💜 @parkerpalmsprings

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Shady 🕷

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Swimming time! 👙💅🏻

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