French photographer Pierre-Louis FerrerHe has carved out a niche in ultraviolet and infrared photography. It was only natural that he brought along his modified mirrorless camera on a trip to Latvia. He was able to take in the beauty of the Eastern European country and capture it in a unique manner. The resulting images offer a fascinating glimpse at Latvia and its national parks.
Ferrer, who had never been to Latvia before, was amazed by the abundance of nature once one leaves the city. Ferrer found the natural environment particularly inspiring. “Latvia has beautiful forests where you can hike freely, enjoying observation towers to see amazing panoramas,” he shares with My Modern Met.
As the portfolio does not contain images of urban centers, his images show a love affair for nature. Infrared photos are known for their transformation of lush greens into red/pink hues, and blue skies take on an icier appearance. Ferrer was especially impressed by the Kemeri National Park’s bogs, which are surrounded with incredible biodiversity. This contrast of water, plants and life makes for a particularly appealing infrared image.
The environment can also overtake man-made structures, the French photographer was intrigued. He visited a paper factory in Latvia that was abandoned and surrounded by pines. These trees have also made their way into the architecture, climbing up through the roofless structure and peeking through windows. He hopes others will see the power and beauty of nature through his work. He explains, “Nature is far stronger and smarter than we could think, adapting itself to our impact.”
Panorama views of the forest reveal the true beauty and power Latvia’s environment. The photographs are taken from observation towers accessible to hikers. They offer a stunning look at the forest. As a mist rises from the trees, the only indication of humans is the forest’s walking trails.
Ferrer felt the trip was a welcome break. It was Ferrer’s first trip after the lockdown, so it was a breath of fresh air.
Pierre-Louis Ferrer used Infrared Photography to document his trip in Latvia.
He was especially struck at the country’s abundance of natural areas.
His images are transformed into cotton candy colors by using a modified camera.
From observation towers, he was capable of taking panoramic views of the pine forests.