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Infrared Cinematography Turns Swimmers Into Ghostly Apparitions

Director Gary Yost turns the synchronized swim team The Aqualilies into ghostly apparitions with his music video for Yassou Benedict’s “Youngblood.” Fully filmed in infrared to achieve the unique look, the video also features underwater, time-lapse, and real-time cinematography.

The 720-nanometer infrared cinematography captures light that passes through the skin and is reflected off the sub-dermis. The sub-dermis is composed of connective and adipose tissue and its physiological functions are to store energy, provide insulation, and cushion the underlying body for extra protection against trauma. So the viewer is essentially seeing through the outer layer of the the character’s skin, into the hidden support organ underneath.

Watch it below.