The pictures here below are exactly what was shot in studio with out any alteration or retouching. Click to open
I used my skills as a light painter to work on the idea of the light painting sculpture. I almost want to say a kinetic light sculpture because of the look and the feeling it gives, but in reality these are all movements done by hand in a studio on a black background with the new light tools Sylvain Lavoie and I built. They are all pure light painted done in one stroke. We shot video and photography simultaneously. The target size was 1920×560. Since I didn’t have enough cameras for the shoot, I needed two more, I shot left side and right side separately. While I was shooting, used my imagination, intuition and memory to connect both sides of the lights at the ends frames. Later when editing, I “glued” the right and the left together in After Effects.
It took a month of R&D and a lot of testing to get to this final edit, to this level of simplicity. During these weeks of edit, I was working to get to the essence of the piece, staying truthful to the vision and shooting. I took out everything that didn’t belong in, like a sculptor who carves away every little piece to unravel the purest form.
Later while I finished rendering all the effects, I searched for music that could fit the images. I came across the song Decay by Monolake, an artist I’ve been admiring for a long time. I tried it with the images and the fit is perfect.
I’ve been considering that light painting is four dimensional art for a while but this is the first time I mentioned it. This is exemplary.
This piece is a good example where you can see and experience the four dimensions at work simply because the light cumulates through space and time to create a final image. It’s the cumulation of all the pieces that creates the final moment, the complete picture.
I see this video as a meditative experience that tickles the imagination and relaxes the mind.
One of these pictures was used for the cover of the NewScientist in 2012. This was a great honour since I’m a fan of science and I believe that art and science should collaborate together more and more to open up new possibilities and create new worlds.