You might remember Las Vegas in Infrared, which showed how different a city bathed in neon can look under infrared light. Now, photographer Paolo Pettigiani has given New York City a similar treatment, with a project he calls Infrared NYC.
Unlike its Vegas equivalent, Infrared NYC is focused on the infrared properties of plant life—specifically, chlorophyll’s ability to reflect infrared light extremely strongly. Through the use of a special lens for filtering out the reflections of chlorophyll that fall on the visible spectrum, Pettigiani has given New York City a truly otherworldly look, as you can see in the photo up at the top. This focus on the natural environment isn’t just visually striking, but also provides an important reminder of how central the environment is, even in heavily industrialized modern life.
If you want to see the rest of Infrared NYC, you can check out the project’s listing on Behance right here.