With all the advancements in technology one wonders what impact this has had on the creative arts. Light painting is one example of an art form born in the technological age. Light painters are able to create imaginative photographs by manipulating the amount and quality of light in a physical environment, by illuminating or creating effects using different light sources, which are then captured by a camera using a long exposure.
Light painting is a creative type of photography where the photographer actively participates in the creation of the image. This happens during the exposure and also before, using technology and innovation to discover ways to manipulate, transform and enhance light to express their own creative ideas. This process often results in development of new tools and novel techniques, using everything from a small light bulb or LED, to complex, choreographed routines using various mechanical devices or sophisticated microprocessor controlled lighting rigs and high powered lasers.
One thing that that connects all light painters is their love for light, how it behaves and interacts with the world around us. Light painters use the properties of light to transform space, objects and people into beautiful creations that capture a moment of extended time via a long exposure. These creations can be large in size and encompass an entire landscape or a building or extremely small capturing the texture of rock or the refraction of light. The resulting images are only limited by the creativity of the light painter, and the boundless properties of light.
The popularity of light painting has increased steadily over the past few years and it is often used in advertising and marketing campaigns, this can be seen by the increase in professional light painters worldwide and it’s cultural acceptance as an art form in its own right.
The Light Painting World Alliance (LPWA) was honoured to present top 100 works from light painters from around the world at UNESCO headquarters for the opening of the International Year of Light 2015 (19-20th January 2015). Many distinguished guests, scientists and world leadersattended the ceremony and learnt not only about the scientific and cultural significance of light but also that light is beautiful and is an important part of the creative arts and the emergence of light painting photography.
This event marked the 4th international LPWA Exhibition and allowed LPWA to represent a cultural and artistic side of light by showcasing some of the world’s best Light Art.
A collection of top artworks from more than 50 artists across the globe was exhibited employing LPWA’s unique display concept of using 10 LCD screen monitors to represent this modern art form in a modern way. Each monitor displayed a slide-show of ten images designed to immerse the guests in a varied and beautiful display of Light Art. Many light painters from around the world were present at the exhibition including artists from Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, UK, Morocco, USA, Finland, Russia, Belgium and also many talented French artists. The artists engaged with conference participants some of whom were keen to understand the works and how they were created or just wanted to stop and appreciate their beauty.
To find out more about light painting and the works on display at events around the world to support UNESCO’s International Year of Light 2015, please visit the following websites:
Sergey B. Churkin is the Light Painting World Alliance founder. He was born in Siberia, and now is living in Moscow, Russia. Churkin is a self-educated graphic and motion designer since 1990. He started to paint with light in 2009. In 2011 he launched the Light Painting World Alliance, a non-for-profit organization for promotion of light painting art form.