My infrared journey started in 2012 when I discovered the possibility of seeing beyond the visible spectrum with specific equipment. At this time, I was an engineer specializing in optics and digital sensors, and I worked on infrared and thermal detection. I found it fascinating to have the ability to see our world in a whole new way, keeping the logic of light caption.
After some theoretical documentation (which was not widespread at this time) and based on my scientific knowledge, I converted my Canon EOS 400D to full-spectrum and began shooting at 720nm. My first subjects were quite simple, but it was a lot of fun!
In 2015, I left my engineer job to become a full-time professional photographer, and I developed an artistic approach based on the impact of human activity on our natural environment. My first project was called “Golden Perigord” and focused on the natural heritage of the French region named Dordogne, with its remarkable gardens and its omnipresent nature. This series was shot at 665nm to give nature a golden aspect.
This first series was well received by the arts media, and my work started being published and exhibited in France.
Showing my photographic work and sharing my artistic approach with people is fundamental. I want to show them how infrared photography can be an open door leading to an alternative yet real world. It is just a question of the level of perception. My next series was more ambitious but also more successful: Invisible Paris. It took me three years to achieve this series of 30 pictures taken at 720nm. The main topic is the enhancement of the vegetation in Paris, a museum city known above all for its monuments and not for its flora.
This series was published in many newspapers and online media and exhibited in art fairs, galleries, and photo festivals. From this moment, I realized photographers were more and more curious about this technique, and I started sharing my knowledge on my website and meeting other IR enthusiasts. I met Yann Philippe and Raphaële Goujat, who are close friends now, and together we launched the first French website dedicated to infrared photography, including tutorials, interviews, reviews, and inspirations: http://infrarouge.photo/.
Since I started practicing infrared photography ten years ago, the amount of information and tutorials about this technique has exploded. And this is a very good thing. Online communities have also emerged, so photographers have places to share their pictures and ask for advice.
From my point of view, when you use such a niche technique, sharing your knowledge is important. First, because none of us has invented anything: I do not know anyone having built his own sensor, lens, and filter; we are using existing equipment and developing new approaches. I consider myself an expert in IR photography, but I know I still have things to learn and discover, through my own work or by others.
I must mention Rob Shea, Edward Noble, David Hochleitner, Ludovico Andretta, Yann Philippe, and, of course, the team of Kolari Vision for their work on IR photography, their inspiring work, and the content they share regularly.
Along my infrared journey, I still wanted to use the best equipment to obtain more qualitative pictures. I started with a simple Canon 400D converted to full-spectrum and a Hoya R72 filter (the most accessible filter to buy at the time). I evolved with a Canon 50D full-spectrum, a Canon 7D converted to 720nm, a Canon 6D full-spectrum, and now a Canon RP full-spectrum.
I discovered Kolari Vision while the brand was still young, with only a few IR filters available. I sensed this company would emerge from the mass to innovate and develop high-level filters and services. It seems my intuition was correct, and today I only use KV products as they represent the best offer at this time in terms of infrared equipment.
Another key part of my gear is the lens, and I spent a lot of time and money buying, sometimes renting, and testing many lenses in IR photography.
At this time, my equipment for IR photography is as follows:
I own the perfect equipment for my use—versatile and relatively light to carry.
At this moment, my work is divided into three main topics:
UV shooting during Walgreens event #saveyourskin in NYC
From Underground series of IR flash street photography