Incredible Light Paintings by Brian Matthew Hart

Nov 7, 2011 2 comments

Light Painting Photography is becoming more and more popular each day. Also known as light drawing or light graffiti, light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source or by moving the camera. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image.

American light painting artist Brian Matthew Hart has taken the art of light painting to a new height with his new series called 'Illinois 4'. Using photographic techniques, Hart creates unbelievably complex scenes depicting mundane, sometimes whimsical, domestic life drawn mostly in reds, yellows and greens. 'Illinois 4' was conceived, arranged and drawn in collaboration with Dena Pickering on the night of October 15th, 2011 in a western-illinois attic.


Each these light drawings can take 6 to 17 minutes and some of the paintings consist of hundreds of individual photographic exposures.

Brian explains how he captured this painting. In his own words, “open the shutter in a dark room—no lights on—then for this one, 3 of us sat in a circle and tossed these small blue led frisbees around for a few minutes. After that we used these tiny pin leds to trace ourselves. after we're done drawing, we close the shutter”.










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