Palm Springs and Joshua Tree aren’t short of standard depictions, which is why Melbourne-based photographer Kate Ballis’s infrared images of the desert town and national park are so striking.
Pools become blood orange, country clubs go neon and trees take on an intense lilac glow. Iconic homes and the dreamlike landscapes of Palm Springs and its surroundings feel fresh all over again.
Through her vibrant photos, Ballis wanted to show “the gems below the surface” or “the riches that lie just outside of our physical perceptions.”
“The infrared spectrum of light emanating from plants sits just beyond the light spectrum visible to humankind,” she says. “My work straddles science and magic, providing a glimpse into the unknown.”