Gorgeous Candy Colored Infrared Photos of the Snowy Dolomite Mountains

Infrared Photography Paolo Pettigiani

Italian photographer Paolo Pettigiani, known for his infrared landscapes, is back with a new series of pink-hued photos. After his photos of New York, he tackles a space closer to home—Italy's Dolomite mountains. Proving once again why the infrared technique is one of our favorite types of photography, he turns the natural world into a candy-colored dream.

Exploring the invisible, unseen world that infrared photography opens up is part of what pushed Pettigiani to explore the technique. After viewing Richard Mosse's famous infrared reportage of the Congo, he was hooked and began his own experimentation. Merging this with his studies in design and visual communication, he has a unique point of view. “I had the idea to merge graphic design and photography in a single image, playing with colors, shapes, and contrasts in order to distort reality,” Pettigiani tells My Modern Met.

For his Dolomites series, Pettigiani was challenged to find new vantage points of the famous mountain range, which stretches across northern Italy. By layering together different types of vegetation, he's able to pull out subtle shades of pink and blue, which help define the surreal landscape. “A beautiful forest, a big tree, isn’t enough for my shots,” he explains. “I want to create a strong contrast between vegetation, water, and sky playing with the blue and red/pink colors. This is the reason why I spend a lot of time planning my projects, travels, and final photos.”

Certainly, this latest series proves that all the planning is worth the result. Pines spring up like cotton candy, dotting the shoreline and creating streaking trails up the snowy mountains. It's clear that for Pettigiani, it's a pink and blue world, and we're all just living in it.

If you like what you see, Pettigiani has prints available via Lumas.

Italian photographer Paolo Pettigiani, who specializes in infrared photography, has released a new set of images taken in the Dolomites.

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The northern Italian mountain range is the perfect setting for Pettigiani's signature pink and blue infrared landscapes.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Paolo Pettigiani.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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