All photos by Andy Lee. Used with Creative Commons permission.
Infrared photography has always been a powerful tool for surreal and breathtaking landscape snaps, as we’ve seen some of our previously featured photographers do. So, we’re thrilled to add one more impressive project to the pile with yet another feature on Pembroke-based Andy Lee. Landscape photographers looking into experimenting with infrared imagery will surely find it nothing short of fascinating!
Cleverly titled Peak a Blue, Lee’s series sports eerie and moody imagery that we’ve seen in his previously featured works, amplified by the blue of faux color infrared. The series was shot in various locations, including several spots in Iceland. He couldn’t have picked better locations; Iceland is best known as home to some of the most otherworldly landscapes on Earth.
While we can never be sure what time of the day they were taken, it looks like a lot of the snaps were from around the Golden Hour or even dusk. Whichever the case, it was the perfect time to shoot these photos. Everything about the scenes plays a part in bringing out the surreal mood enveloping the entire series: wispy and ominous clouds, Lee’s choice of ethereal blue, ghostly peaks and slopes, eerie fog, and especially the really grim-looking Black Church and three crosses in an Iceland shot. I don’t know about you, but I think that last photo in particular is the highlight of this series!
The strength of Lee’s Peak a Blue lies in an impeccable control of exposure to transform the already breathtaking scenery into something that piques the imagination. Add to this the unfailing mystic quality of infrared photography and you wind up with a killer landscape series.