Milán Rácmolnár’s Rome in Rosy Infrared
Rome is known for its rich history and culture that the world is fondly familiar with; however, there is a side of the Roman capital yet to be seen. Roman goddess Venus graces Rome with love and affection by musing the Hungarian photographer Milán Rácmolnár to paint the city in old rose.
Hi Milán! Welcome to Lomography! Let’s start off with your series “Rome in Infrared”. What was your reason for visiting Rome?
First of all I really love this city. Second, I was planning to do this series for a very long time and I wanted a frequented city that has well known tourist sights. As my plan was to change the image of the city these spots were good point to make a connection in the viewers mind between the city and this “new” perspective.
Your infrared series paints Rome in another sort of light, leaning on ethereal fantasy. Where did you get the idea of making a series in which Rome is bathed in pink?
I have been experimenting with infrared photography for years. I have another series, Invisible Light that captures the human body in infrared light.
And I was always seeking for new topics which can fit this kind of technique. In the case of big cities almost everybody have images in mind even if one hasn’t visited them yet. For instance, we tend to do photographs that are very similar of Rome, Tokyo or Paris, because we want our audience to recognize the city behind the pictures. So, I wanted to do an alternative cityscape that could change this image of Rome even just a little.
Rome is known as the eternal city; its history and culture spans for almost three millennia. Marble white and red comes as strong, identifying colors. For you, how do you think does the color pink fit the personality of the city?
These are my favorites (see photos below, from left to right). I like the first one is because here the normal life collides with this surreal vision; the second image is as if it’s cut out from a fairy tale; the last one, simply because I like the structure of this image.
As a landscape/travel photographer, what do you usually look for when photographing a scenery?
Moving on from photography, may you share us your experience there? What was the most memorable?
Strange as it may sound I love the plants and trees of Italy.
What did you love about the city during your stay? Did you learn something (about anything, in general) when you were there?
Well this time it was a pretty brief stay. I shot this series in less than 47 hours. I’ve learnt that you can never trust a metro ticket machine.
There are a lot of Roman gods and goddesses. Which among them would you liken to the city?
I would pick Venus and Flora.
Lastly, what’s next for you? Will you be visiting another city soon or do you have a new project you’d like us to know about?
Of course I will visit another city but my main focus now is on a 3D vs reality series and on a series that is shot in UV light.