Infra Realism: Kate Ballis


In Infra Realism, the infrared spectrum of light emanating from plants sits just beyond the light spectrum visible to the naked eye, and through Kate’s photographs, we are able to identify the hidden things in nature that we, as humans, are not typically equipped to see, those that lie just outside of our physical perceptions. Here, healthy plants emit infrared light and take a certain colour through the process, and so these sometimes barren landscapes become a lush oasis where succulents and palm trees thrive and synthetic grass can be identified through the viewfinder. Comprising more than 100 colour images photographed over the course of several trips, Infra Realism offers a never-before-seen take on some of North and South America’s most iconic destinations in a brilliant combination of technology and magic.

Kate Ballis is a Melbourne-based artist who travels the globe photographing unique, otherworldly landscapes and subjects. She is intrigued by the concept of making the unseen seen.


160 pages
Hardcover Colour Illustrations