A new take on NYC’S most-visited tourist attraction
An up-and-coming Italian photographer by the name of Paolo Pettigiani has managed to capture the beauty of New York’s Central Park in a totally original way. “Using infrared digital photography, I managed to block the visible light and capture only the invisible,” says the 25-year-old artist. “Photosynthesizing plants, like grass, leaves and trees, have chlorophyll, which absorbs mostly blue and red light and reflects green light, by a rate of around 20 per cent, which is why plants look green.the other 80 per cent is reflected on the infrared spectrum but we never normally get to see that.” By using a special filter, Pettigiani has elevated the mostly grey cityscape to an urban masterpiece, rich with delicate pink hues and contrasting turquoise shades. And the result has an almost divine tranquility, transforming the park from its usual hustle and bustle of big-eyed tourists and enthusiastic buskers to some kind of serene, and unfamiliar, oasis.