Fascinated by “unseen energy”, Melbourne-based photographer Kate Ballis captures colour-drenched images using infrared technology. Her new photo exhibition, Hyperphantasia, looks differently at California's often-seen modernist architecture and deserts.
Infrared light is emitted by plants though photosynthesis, which has drawn Ballis to deserts in Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Arizona, and Bolivia’s Uyuni Salt Flat. In her photographs, desolate landscapes and barren-seeming vegetation spring to life.
Working with a specially converted full-spectrum mirrorless camera and infrared filters, Ballis has also incorporated modernist architecture into this series. Her distinct style makes houses and apartment blocks appear as if they have been plucked from a dollhouse or diorama.
In the past few years Ballis’s work has been featured in publications such as Aesthetica, AnOther, Wallpaper, Vogue Living, VICE and Forbes. And in 2018 she released a hardcover photo book, Infra Realism, filled with images from in Palm Springs and Joshua Tree.
The opening night is on Thursday Feburary 13 from 6pm to 8pm.
Tue to Fri 9.30am–6pm