If you’re trying to explain the medium of light painting to someone these days, the easiest way is to bring up “those Sprint commercials.” Not to take away from the incredible work done by the Brickyard VFX team that created the ad spots, but Sprint’s advertisement agencies did not invent light painting. Although I couldn’t discover the origins of the process, Pablo Picasso made light paintings as early as 1949 and the medium has been utilized ever since.
Pablo Picasso Light Painting
A few weeks ago some of us from The Rathaus, and Rathaus friends, collaborated on some light paintings of our own (the angel and devil above). We decided to focus on human models and use the light as adornment. A fire provided us with our primary light source and the rest was left up to the models and the painters.
If you’re looking for a way to create art outdoors after dark, try the light painting medium. And if you get any keepers send ‘em in to The Rathaus (firstname.lastname@example.org), we’d love to see what you all come up with. If we get enough images we might just have a follow up post to work with.
For some amazing examples and variations on the theme of light painting check out this site and these videos: