Where at first glance these images would appear to depict some mystical, (photo-shopped) Willy Wonka-esque realm- they are not. These photographs are a selection from photographer Richard Mosse’s collection, Infra. A battlefield has never appeared this beautiful as Mosse travelled to war-torn Congo with his infrared film developed for camouflage detection.
The now discontinued Kodak film was mounted in airplanes for both geological and military landscape analysis. The healthy, deciduous foliage turns out magenta or red, and the camouflaged objects generally appear as purple or blue. Lush greens are blanketed by the infrared radiation they reflect- showing us the world in a way we’ve never seen before.
Check out more of Mosse’s work...HERE.