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Enhancing natural landscapes with "super"-natural light

This article is not about a "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade, but rather about less-established and extremely talented photographers, who use dynamic electric light patterns to enhance nature's given landscapes and bleak industrial urban-scapes.

Almost invariably, something luminous and strangely mesmerizing is thus brought "to light", transforming the photograph into an entirely different experience - and making our hearts beat faster.

(image credit: Manu Caminero)

It all started with Eric Staller

Eric Staller is a sculptor more known for his permanent art installations in public places, but even more impressive is his experimentation with light. His light drawings and sculptures date as far back as the late 1970s (being definitely in-line with disco-era sensibilities). He was perhaps the first photographer to paint light into the live urban environment:

(image credit: Eric Staller)

No Lens, Only Intricate Light

Alan Jaras (aka "Reciprocity") captures surreal refraction patterns of light, passing through molded plastic. Amazingly, these photos were made the "natural way", without the use of a camera lens, or any retouching by Photoshop. His flickr photostream is one of the most interesting and adventurous on the web.

"Spicules of Light" by Alan Jaras

"Captured in Light" and "Molten Light" by Alan Jaras

"Normally black and white, these photos feature colours added directly into the plastic"

"Complexity of color" by Alan Jaras

Light Among the Ruins

Abandoned buildingds and often ghastly places achieve a new license to life with these urban light explorations. The nameless artists responsible for the following "graffitis of light" perhaps live somewhere nearby and make their creative statement by turning ugly venues into canvases of "cleansing" light:

(original unknown, via Encounter)

Some other examples of "painting with light":

(image credit: Sashnone)

(image credit: Kurbaga)

(original unknown)

Mystery and Melancholy of a Street

These positively "heavenly" apparitions were created by the LICHTFAKTOR group. We already wrote once about their work, but it seems that angels of creativity continue to bestow their visitations upon this enlightened urban clan. They go into the night and return with transcendental glowing swirls... like these ones:

(images credit: LICHTFAKTOR)

Spiritual Glow

Dean Chamberlain takes the inherent glow that all mysterious worship places evoke in our heart, and makes it alive on your computer screen. His temple & palace interiors are both uplifting and mystifying:

There is a certain sanctity in other places, too -
in a bedroom:

in a forest:

(images credit: Dean Chamberlain)

Seaside Transformed

It's impossible not to fall in love with the sea and the coast when seeing marvelous photography by Toby Keller, aka BurnBlue. His light painting technique is often subtle, and it's hard to tell where the natural light ends and the "super"-natural light begins. Waves provide the long-exposure for the soft glow, and a deep blue ghost-like apparitions seem to lure us, mere mortals, toward their magical portals, and into the infinite light:

Apparition in progress:

And yet, no matter how skillful you are as a painter, natural light is still the winner. Here is very evocative shot of moonlight at sea:

and a riot of colors during sunset:

(images credit: Toby Keller)

See many other Toby Keller's light "paintings" here and on flickr.


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Anonymous Chichocik said...

Your site is one of my favourites - keep up the good work. :)
About painting with light - check picture of Skoda Fabia on deviantART:
http://jogiart.deviantart.com/art/Fabia-Light-45559125 which IMHO looks brilliant.

Anonymous Re-sun said...

this is the best work i have seen done ... the end ...

Blogger Donovan Design said...

Absolutely beautiful.
It's a pure delight to look at these wonderful and creative images. Thanks so much for the post. Art

Anonymous Beverly said...

"And yet, no matter how skillful you are as a painter, natural light is still the winner." No doubt! I love your blog! Nice work! Perhaps this is "light roasted!"

Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Dark roasted coffee helps to lighten up the morning; that's at least the idea. Thank you Beverly.

Blogger STeR (Alireza) said...

i just came across this site! i love it! BEST SITE EVER!

by the way.. how is this light painting done??? anyone know?

Blogger cabri said...

nice work,
You will can find original work with light on this link

C33 h y

Anonymous Martita said...

Hey, I am looking for a light painter in Las Vegas for a TV shoot?!?!?!?!
know of anybody? If so email me: marta@paradoxal.net

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Anonymous tofa said...

i practice lightwriting since 2005. check my stuff on www.lihgtwriting.de

big up from berlin,


Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Tofa - great work, will feature in the next part of series

Blogger Peter said...

You forgot Sola - He's from th eUK and his work rocks

This link


will get you where you need to go

Blogger Steven K. Ramsdell said...

Thanks for putting so many great images all in one place! Linked to your site, through my blog WWW.AllThingsAboutPhotography.blogspot.com
Thanks once again!

Anonymous Nathan Ciurzynski said...

Love the inspiring images here.

Blogger John N. Cohen said...

Interesting "Painting with Light" but I would like to introduce you to a totally different form of "Painting with Light" photography as is described in Wikipedia.com as I think it should be of interest to your readers.

Discovered by John N. Cohen amazing pictures without a computer, darkroom, or any expensive equipment.

"John won many top international awards and had over 20 one-man exhibitions in USA and in Europe."

Please have a look at: - http://www.jncohen.net/Painting_with_Light/index.htm

Reference: - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_painting#Technique_and_equipment

Anonymous Anonymous said...

suprised you did not mention Man Ray's use of light experiments...or Picasso-I have see images he did in the 1960s(?)...great stuff though as allways.

Anonymous Joana Byrnes said...

I am very pleased that I can across to this wonderful article. I totally love those breathtaking designs.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi the first picture "Love" has been made by manucaminero.
His website is: www.manucaminero.com.
Just to let you know.


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