It Took Over 1000 Light Paintings to Create This Impressive Video

Darren Pearson, aka Darius Twin, takes us on a trip to the Photon Zoo in his mesmerizing video Lightspeed. The last time we featured the Los Angeles-based light artist he was creating glowing dinosaurs in mid-air. Now he’s put his art in motion, which is no small feat when you consider how it’s made. For each frame you see here, Darius Twin takes a long exposure photograph and draws the entire camel, snake, dolphin, etc. Think about drawing something repeatedly, in mid-air, in darkness, and you get how impressive that is.

Artist Paints Ghostly Figures Using Light – and No Post Processing!

Janne Parviainen Light Painting 1

It’s pretty fantastic that in a world filled with digital editing Janne Parviainen is creating these light paintings with absolutely no post-production. That’s right – whatever his camera’s long exposure captures is what you see here. Obviously a huge amount of skill goes into each of these images, which the Finnish artist “paints” using differently colored strobe lights, flash lights, toys that light up and even his own specially engineered lighting system. Many of the images take hours to complete, and leave little or no evidence of their creator.

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Nature Light-Stencils Bring Life to Abandoned Buildings

These beautiful images, which at first appear to be digitally manipulated urban environments, are even more astounding when we find they are actually light paintings created with stencils. Created by TigTab, an artist with a secret identity, each image can take hours to complete, requiring many flashes from her custom built light boxes and one very long exposure to capture the final result.

Picasso’s Light Drawings: Still Shining from 1949

When LIFE Magazine photographer Gjon Mili visited Pablo Picasso in the South of France in 1949, the two began work on the captivating images you see here… and it all started quickly. LIFE wrote in its January 30, 1950 issue, in which these images first appeared, “Picasso gave Mili 15 minutes to try one experiment.” The results from the short session must have made a good impression because he worked with Mili on five more.


I’m going to get this out of the way right here in the beginning: none of these flashy, surreal photographs where Photoshopped. UK based light artist Ian Hobson, who humorously and humbly calls his work “Waving Torches at Things,” creates some of the best images we’ve ever seen in light painting. His newest works exude a flowing, painterly, yet digital aura, coloring the abandoned buildings he often uses as his art space with vibrant dashes and swooshes of light.

Glowing Dinosaur Fossils Painted With Light

Looking like prehistoric floating neon, these elaborate floating fossils light up the night with an otherworldly and beautiful glow. Created by Darren Pearson (aka Darius Twin), his “Light Fossils” are some of the best light paintings we’ve seen in a long while. Pearson creates the pieces freehand at night, using just flashlights, a long exposure photograph and a lot of skill (think about drawing dinosaur bones with your eyes closed).

Tragedy & Science Turned Into Art

On the 5th of August 1993, convicted murderer Joseph Paul Jernigan was put to death in Texas. Before his execution he agreed to give his body to science where it was later segmented, millimeter by millimeter, and photographed for medical research. Part of the Visible Human Project, the resulting 1,871 slices where transformed into a video journey through the body. In 2011, Project 12:31 (named after the time of death) put Jernigan’s body back together again in this haunting and controversial photo series.

Using a laptop computer playing the video against a dark nighttime backdrop an assistant smoothly moved the screen through space as scenes were captured using long-exposure photography. In effect the body was extruded out of the computer screen, using the changing image as a dynamic light paintbrush.

Once again the body of Joseph Paul Jernigan found it’s 3D form in the real world. Fitting of their subject matter, the images are ghostly and surreal.

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