A light graffiti or light painting is a photography technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera in various directions. It can also include images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources.
Unlike projection bombing, light graffiti can sometimes be produced as performance art. Sometimes it can also be created to capture photography and videos, while its ability to create a greater, more enhanced viewing experience is slowly being recognized by the people around.
The top 10 artists mentioned below can also be considered to be some of the most talented people in the field of light art.
Rochon is well-known for creating stunning images by moving bits of light through various mediums and capturing that movement with the help of photography and video cameras. His light paintings are unique and are well recognised by innovative artists. He also uses lasers to illuminate his subjects in ways that create an eerie feeling. He has infact given light painting a whole new dimension by performing it on giant screens.
Bosanko has taken to light painting with a series called “We Come in Peace” in which figures constructed of light seem to interact with the surroundings in an almost surreal way. The figures are almost comical, funny and highly engaging. The paintings include giant spiders, alien rocks around spaceships, light figure skate-boating on a ramp and many others.
It’s a German group that is well-known for producing some of the best light graffiti, transforming everyday objects like phone booths, street signs and trash cans into live creatures that seem to be waving their hands and jumping from one street to another. The team comprises of talents like Marcel Panne, David L’pschen and Tim Fehske who have joined hands to present the world with their entertaining skills.
Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke
These German artists create stark imagery giving a ghostly appearance to the beauties of nature. The natural backdrop is used to create glowing organic forms made of moving light.
His paintings were created between 1976 and 1980 in the city of New York giving a brand new look to the Big Apple. These were created using light exposures with a variety of light sources, sometimes in the form of 3D lit installations.
An UK based photographer Sola is better known for experiments with flow, form and movement in the series called “Embro” and “Solid Trace”. Embro seeks to explore how light is captured in photographs and can seem just as organic as anything else around us.
Ryan Warnberg and Michelle McSwain
These two artists together are known as the MTI, a group that creates light paintings. This means that they can immortalise your event with their colourful creations, may they be parties, ad campaigns or any form of special events. They are known for creating “Kaleidoscopic” images that invoke old portraits of religious figures.
He creates spell-binding images from passing streams of light created through moulded and textured plastic shapes. These shapes are placed in front of the camera as lens and directly captured on 35mm films.
Developed in 1977 and known as “Psychedelic Pioneers” Dean Chamberlain creates images using extremely long exposures in sessions that can last as long as 5 hours.
Part of the Burn Blue Photography in design, Keller uses free-flowing forms of light to create beautiful natural photography, making it buzz with life.
There are various other well-known artists and groups who are also known for their creative talents in the field of light photography. In case you have a keen interest you can start studying more on them.