Lonely Planet Writer

New York's Central Park looks like a wonderland in these infrared photographs

New York’s Central Park is one of the most photographed parks in the world. Frequented by thousands of camera-wielding tourists each year, the green oasis bordered by soaring skyscrapers is instantly recognisable.

Paolo Pettigiani shows Central Park from a different perspective.
Paolo Pettigiani shows Central Park from a different perspective. Image by Paolo Pettigiani

Creating a fresh look at this familiar scene is no small challenge.

In his new photography collection, Italian photographer Paolo Pettigiani shows Central Park from a different perspective.

The Italian photography transforms NYC into a technicolour world
The Italian photography transforms NYC into a technicolour world Image by Paolo Pettigiani

The talented 24-year old, transforms the park into a stunning, bubble-gum pink wonderland.

He achieves the effect by using aerochrome infrared filters, which capture wavelengths of light not usually seen by the human eye. The result is a dreamlike NYC with vibrant blue skies and pink foliage that could be a scene straight out of Alice in Wonderland.

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“I like to look at the world from my own point of view and with different eyes,” reveals Paolo. “I wanted to make this wonderful place even more unique, to transform it into a dreamland, cotton candy version of Central Park.”

When asked why he chose NYC as his subject, he said: “Central Park is an island of paradise, a place people go to take a break from hectic city life. When you sit there it feels like you’ve enter a whole different world.”

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“I love the majesty and the contrast of nature between the Big Apple skyscrapers and the park. I wanted to highlight this using infrared photography to invite viewers into a world unseen.”

You can see more of Paolo’s stunning images on his website and Instagram account.