Infrared photography offers an exquisite twist on how we typically view the world. Using infrared filters, the color change has the effect of making the ordinary look as though it’s from another planet. Honoring this type of photography is Kolari Vision, an online store and e-learning site, who recently concluded their first annual infrared photography contest called Life in Another Light. With five categories including still shots and photo essays, the judges selected an impressive group of winners from about 2,800 submissions.
For the inaugural 2019 contest, Kolari Vision posed a couple of questions to their infrared photography community. “What changes when we switch to infrared, and which things remain constant?” They wanted to know. “What beauty lies in the light that our eyes can’t see?” The winning submissions transform people and places into different versions of themselves. Some of the most striking include filters that add an icy touch to landscapes and architecture. In Pierre-Louis Ferrer’s piece called Invisible Paris, he photographed the iconic Eiffel Tower as a ghostly version of itself. Surrounded by white leaves, it’s as if we are witnessing the structure in a past life. Likewise, David Hall’s Lonely Tree appears to be of the same world. A singular tree, clad in beautiful melancholy shades of grays and blues, is seemingly in another dimension that can’t be reached.
The first, second, and third place winners of each category won gift cards to Kolari Vision. Their hope is that in doing so, it will help foster a thriving infrared photography community. Scroll down for our favorite selections from the Life in Another Light contest and check out all the winners here.