Nature exudes a spectrum of light waves and colors which escape the eye but are ever-present in the world we inhabit. Green trees, plants, and clouds reflect intense waves of infrared light throughput the day and night while the sky in this spectrum remains a dark canvas across which the flora plays. Beautiful, it lurks just outside our sight, invisible but real, a part of the world, with which we unknowingly interact daily. For this project, I modified my camera sensor to make it sensitive to the unknown.
While taking these photos I was taking in the bucolic smell of nature and visualizing hazy sunsets, pervasive smoke from fires, hurricanes and other dangers lingering ominously in the future. One could notice a radiating heat, concern, toxicity and distress in these sumptuous colors. It is invisible, but real – the amorphous threat of climate change.
Designers Olmsted and Vaux seized the unseen portraiture in Prospect Park by honoring the aesthetic of paintings. Wishing visitors to experience the park through a myriad of perspectives, they designed the park’s paths to wind through the landscape. These infrared images of Prospect Park pay tribute to the illusionary aesthetic of this monumental urban expanse and urge us thinking about climate change as something we can see happening right outside our windows.