Infrared Photography Shows Stark Contrast of Nature Versus Urbanization

Ecuadorian artist and photographer Vicente Muñoz released a series of 38 large format photographs that use the technique of sublimation on aluminum. The project, titled "Sublimis," “explore[s] the inevitable struggle of man against nature.”

Muñoz used a technique in aerial photography that is mostly used in war zones to detect enemy territory through contrast infrared. In the series, nature is dramatized by the bright red color, a color that comes from the infrared nature of the film. While the film he was using at the beginning of his series was discontinued in 2011, he continued working on it by purchasing the film through secondary markets and expired film archives. The entire series was on display in the home of architect Antonio Plaza.

What do you think of the "Sublimis" series? The stark contrast between nature and the urbanization and industrialization of the land by man contributes to the overarching conversation about pollution.  

If you’re as intrigued by Muñoz’s work as I am, another of his series is “Virtual Transparency,” which explores the interaction between reality and virtuality by appropriating some of Manhattan’s architecture to reveal a “portal-like dimension.” 

See more of his work online at Vicente Muñoz Portfolio.

Lead image by Walkerssk, used under Creative Commons.

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Alexander Petrenko's picture

Whatever the topic, sublimation on aluminum sounds fine artsy enough.

Danny V's picture

Interesting work. I've seen similar work done by a photographer named Wendy Rauw on FLICKR. The concept and different views of the world we're used to is really what causes a dramatic contrast in the content being photographed...It's just a completely different perspective of every day things we overlook.

Christian Möhrle's picture

Infrared photography is so much fun once you get used to the post processing. I recently made an infrared timelapse movie