Paolo Pettigiani’s Infrared Maldives

Photographer Paolo Pettigiani’s series Infraland continues, utilizing infrared film to show us places we’ve seen before, like we’ve never seen them.

In this installment, we see The Maldives, a small island chain in the Indian Ocean. We see a familiar turquoise blue sea, yet the green palms are in vibrant pink and orange, a strange and alien like twist on what we’re used to seeing.

Take a look at his flyover of this beautiful tropical land, shown in a new and bizarre light. Via Behance:


Infraland” is a graphic and visual exploration of nature. For this project I’ve used aerial digital Infrared photography (IR). This technique enables the full sensitivity of the camera’s sensor, making it sensitive to UV, visible, and IR light. Elements with chlorophyll, such as grass, leaves and trees, strongly reflect IR light on the invisible wavelength. Infrared photography has been used to document pollution, for forest surveys in agriculture and also in military and scientific photography. ​​​​​​​