Beyond visible: Infrared fantasies


Australian photographer Luke Tscharke has been announced as the overall winner of Professional category with the title: Monochrome Photographer of the Year 2015 and $2000 prize money. His winning image, called “Barossa Bolt” shows large storm and lightning strikes over the Barossa Valley, South Australia.


When looking at this landscape image, we can see something deeper. We could see the tree as ourselves, standing alone in the middle of nowhere surrounded by miles of outstretched land with a decision to make. Where to go? Either running away from the storm behind or anticipating the direction it will move? The beauty of art just lies in how we perceive this image: just see a tree and lightning or see our own personal journey.


Luke is a passionate landscape and nature photographer based in Sydney, Australia—one of the most beautiful cities in the world. He has been striving to create memorable natural landscape images from locations across Australia and other parts of the world. His genre of photography varies widely from architecture, to cityscape, landscape, to even portraits and travel photographs.

Luke has been fascinated by the natural environment ever since he was a child, and has been able to merge this interest with his love of bushwalking to be able to photograph some of Australia's most stunning and wild natural environments. His favourite region to photograph is Tasmania, where he has visited many times to explore and be immersed in the world heritage listed wilderness.

Luke has been in shooting in Infrared for about a year. During a 3-week trip he took to Iceland, he photographed much of the country in Infrared. A lot of his IR images are driven by the conditions present in the sky. Luke particularly like dark brooding skies which give great light for infrared photography.

“I love that infrared images provide a point of difference. I often say that IR allows me to capture scenes literally in a different light. With so many photographers out there, it is often hard to be unique in the crowd. I find Infrared is a brilliant way of differentiating myself.

“I also like it that the conditions for making a good image in IR can often be poor conditions for making a good image with a visible color camera. For this reason it gives me a lot of flexibility to work around the conditions presented to me whilst out in the field.yet but I plan to experiment more with it.”

(All photographs by Luke Tscharke.)

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