Suprachromacy: Cacti Under Macro Infrared

We’ve featured a number of infrared photography series on Moss and Fog, including this one, and this stunning collection too. We add to that a project called Suprachromacy, which takes some exotic cacti species from the Canary Islands, and subjects them to infrared photography. The result unlocks some truly alien-like colors and forms, showcasing just how much visual delight exists in our world, even if we can’t always see it with our naked eye. Photographed by Marcus Wendt of the London-based studio Field, the series is poetic and fascinating, allowing us a glimpse of the way green cacti change under infrared fluorescence.

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Exploring the real depth of Green in macro infrared photography of light-absorbing species. And how new (technological) eyes expand on our perception of reality.

MANIPULATED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHS, 2018

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“To search for life outside our Solar System, scientists need to discern the spectra of life that might have evolved under parent stars that are very different from our Sun.

Each planet will have different dominant colors for photosynthetic pigments, based on gases in the planet’s atmosphere, and which part of the light spectrum mostly reaches the planet’s surface.”

– PARAPHRASED FROM NASA SCIENCE BRIEF “THE COLOR OF LIFE, ON EARTH AND ON EXTRASOLAR PLANETS” BY NANCY Y. KIANG, APRIL 2007

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