Inspired by hand-painted color photographs from the 19th century, photographer Kate Ballis paints her own contemporary version with a converted infrared camera on the dunes and flatlands of California.
Ballis was introduced to the old art in a display from Richard Mosse, who used the process to present the conflict in the Eastern Republic of Congo at the Venice Biennale 2013.
While Mosse's work was meant to unsettle and present the horrors of the violence through color aesthetics, Ballils' "Infra Realism" is meant to show the essence of life. Through the presence of Californian neighborhoods, wilderness, and succulents shaded in blue and green against the fiery red backgrounds, the images allow viewers to see the place in rose-colored glasses.
Ballis chose the locations Joshua Tree and Palm Springs to show the coexistence of nature and architecture. Using the infrared process allows both photographer and audience to question familiar locations and bring them into a whole new light.
Images are from Another Magazine.