Monday, 15 November 2010

Dean Chamberlain

This guy is a photographer, using solely 'painting with light' all his images are done in complete darkness and everything in the images is then 'painted' with light, he uses torches and different coloured gels.
His pictures are totally amazing.


Albert Hofmann

Terrence McKenna

Yellow Road

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Arrrrrrggghhhhh!!!!. Trying to figure out how to create real time light paintings on a video camera without using stop animated stills is totally driving me MAD!!!.
I've found out alot of ways that it wont work, but i'm yet to find the way that works!.
It's all very shady, everytime i find someone who has done it themselves, they are not willing to share their technique!. THERE IS A WAY!!!! but how? HOW?!!!!.    :'(

Must not give up!.

Biography – Tim Noble & Sue Webster

Tim Noble and Sue Webster are known for magically transforming garbage into art. 
They sculpt piles of street rubbish, studio debris, and taxidermy animals into astonishing representations of life with “real” shadows of the artists themselves hovering over their accumulations of discarded objects. 
These abstract forms mysteriously reverse the abstraction into figuration.
Noble & Webster have created a remarkable group of anti-monuments in their twelve-year career, mixing the strategies of modern sculpture and the attitude of punk to make art from anti-art. Their work derives much of its power from its fusion of opposites, form and anti-form, high culture and anti-culture, male and female, craft and rubbish, sex and violence. It is an art of magic and illusion, but it is also an art of direct experience, by combining elements of sculpture, advertising and the persona, the artists have succeeded in making their lives and the experience of the viewer part of the art.

PERCEPTION> Tim Noble and Sue Webster:Shadow Sculpture.

I found these images while researching perception and deception in photography. 

Shadow sculptures by Tim Noble and Sue Webster plays with light’s function of revealing. However, they serve it with a twist. Spot light seems to shine on a seemly randomly piled heap of trash, as if saying “look at these trash!” The hidden art is actually revealed in the play of light and shadow.

Is what we see really what we think?

Tim Noble and Sue Webster began collaborating during their studies at Nottingham Polytechnic and studied together at the Royal College of Art. Appropriating the guerrilla tactics adopted by media-hungry celebrities’ attempting to gain fame, Noble and Webster’s unorthodox creations comment on a consumerist society gripped by narcissism.  The artist duo is renowned for their series of drawings and their neon and light sculptures which embody the simultaneously glamorous and seedy aspects of contemporary culture. Noble and Webster’s work is held in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Saatchi Collection, London.

Philips drag and draw, light machine.

Above is a link to a video is found on you tube. It is a demonstration of philips new creation - the drag and draw light painting device, aimed at children but will be hugely appealing to adults!. I need one of these for my project but unfortunately they are not for sale yet, tis is a prototype and will be available for sale in the next 3-5 years. :(


How do i do this?!!

This is totally amazing!!

Monday, 18 October 2010

something is wrong with my blog!!!

For some unknown reason, when i post images to my blog, they are fine for a couple of days, but after that they fail to load and instead i get a tiny box with a question mark in it??!!!. - answers on a a postcard please!.


I have recently learnt that a selection of my light paintings are technically named 'physiograms'.

Technically a physiogram is a long exposure photograph of moving light.
There are many ways to make the light move. You can hang the light on a swinging pendulum, move it by hand, put the light on a machine that moves the light or even swing the camera to make it look like the light is moving. However you move the light the resulting image is a record of the path the light took during its journey.
The mathematical term for these images are hyptotrochoid patterns.

Here are a few of my own examples:

Friday, 15 October 2010

I am a camera

"I am an eye. A mechanical eye. I the machine, show you a world the way only I can see it. I free myself for today and forever from human immobility... This is I, the machine...recording one movement after another in the most complex combinations. Freed from the boundaries of time and space, I co-ordinate any and all points of the universe , wherever I want them to be. My way leads towards the creating of a fresh perception of the world. Thus I explain in a new way the world unknown to you"
(Extract from an article written by film director Dziga Vertov in 1923)

PERCEPTION. John Berger - ways of seeing. extract from front of book

"Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in he surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled"

Light Art Performance Photography (LAPP)

'“Light Art” has now become its own sub-genre of visual stimulation.'

Light art performance photography is a one shot long exposure photography in which fascinating images are formed using the movement of light. It is created on a real time basis infront of the camera, created between the opening and closing of the shutter. LAPP images are not computer generated or 'fake' images.

LAPP is descended of light drawing and has been developed into its own art form.

Lapp, as the evolution of light drawing is complemented with additional elements in the form of light figures, colours and light forms, to create a special view of the general view.

LAPP is the exact type of photography i wish to create for my final project.
Through the use of light I wish to provide viewers with a different view of something familiar, I wish to create a portrayal of a particular object or place in which viewers are physically unable to see with the naked eye. 

Jan Wollert and Jorg Miedza - AKA LAPP.

These amazing light paintings were created by Partners Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza, 
The 2 photographers combined forces to create Light Art Performance Photography (LAPP), a partnership that has yielded some of the most creative “Light Art” images we have ever seen. 
Their work is unique and outstanding.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Light painting video from

This is a video i found on

Light Painting Video inspiration.

This is a light painting video I found on you tube.
I would love to do something using this technique.


So this year, for my final project i am continuing to use the theme of light painting in which i began last year, I still feel i have more to do and haven't quite finished with this theme yet.
Again I am looking at perception - how we see things and how our perception of these things can be altered with the use of light and photography. I am considering moving my still images onto the next step by making a moving image, possibly a video or an animation using still images. I plan to try both techniques and continue with the one i feel works the best for me. to do so I am going to have acquire new technical abilities - particularly using a video camera to create light paintings.
my next steps are research, research, research, and practice, practice, practice!! - wish me luck!!