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Striking Steel Wool Light Paintings by Nicolas Rivals

Inspired by Hermann Rorschach and his famous inkblot test, French photographer Nicolas Rivals creates a striking series of light paintings called Light Rorschach. Rivals burns steel wool, spins it around and around, and captures the light streaks reflected against a body of water. See the symmetrical results after the jump.

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Atomic Orbits: Colourful Light Paintings by Andrew Hall

Photographer Andrew Hall is fascinated by patterns. In a series of long exposure shots that he calls Orbs, Hall rigs up multi-coloured LED lights to spin in circles on different axes. His light paintings result in wonderfully colourful and hypnotizing three-dimensional patterns that look like electrons spinning around an atom. He says all the shots are produced in a singe exposure, with no retouching at all. Have a look at some of Hall’s atomic orbits after the jump.

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Light Painting in Old German Bunkers

Hitler has been in the news recently. Christian Dior suspended its British fashion designer John Galliano when he was caught on video hurling anti-Semitic remarks and saying how much he loved Hitler. And most recently, provocative Danish director Lars Von Trier got the boot from the Cannes Film Festival for calling himself a Nazi and saying that he sympathised with dead tyrant.

David Gilliver is causing no such rucus. Thankfully with his works, we can see the Nazi (structures) in a different light. The photographer who lives on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, uses a variety of doohickeys to create wonderful light paintings in and around the concrete bunkers, gun batteries, and other fortified locations that were at one time used by Nazi forces. Have a look at some of his colourfurl long exposures after the jump.

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Amazing Light Paintings by Trevor Williams

Trevor Williams is a camera freak who loves light painting and shooting things in the dead of night. He is a part of Fiz-iks, a bunch of photographers based in Japan who specialize in light painting. Williams uses a variety of xenon torches, LED lights, electroluminescent wire (el wire), and other doodads to create some fabulous light paintings. Take a look at some of his art after the jump.

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Light Painting With WiFi

In a project entitled Immaterials: Light painting WiFi, three designers in Oslo wanted to make visible the data that is normally unseen to us. They created a four-metre tall measuring rod with a number of LED lights and network detectors that would measure the strengths of WiFi networks in different parts of the city.

The number of lights that would light up on the rod corresponded to the signal strength in the area they would be in, and using long exposure the designers were able to visualize the WiFi networks they encountered. Check out the video of their project.

Images from the project can be seen on Flickr. You can read more about the research project at YOUrban.

[via Laughing Squid]

Wonderful Light Graffiti by Michael Bosanko

What may look like fantastic Photoshop manipulations are in truth made using a variety of coloured torches and digital camera set to a long exposure. Welsh photographer Michael Bosanko creates the most wonderful images of light graffiti in the urban environments of Cardiff and Newport. When creating light graffiti, Bosanko sets the exposure from a little as 10 seconds to almost an hour. He explains that his seven-year fascination of light painting came about in a chance encounter on a holiday to Greece.

“I was taking a picture of a very bright moon one evening when I noticed a swirling effect because the exposure had been left too long. I then realised the beginning of my work in light art and have continued ever since.”

Have a look at a few of his wonderful light art images after the jump.

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Elemental Light Art

Lightmark is made up of the twosome Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke who like to travel around the world and create beautiful light art photos as they go along. They use different light-sources ranging from LED lights to various kinds of fire. See some of their shots in the gallery below.

More of their long exposure shots can be found at

See more light graffiti and photography at WebUrbanist.

Link Loving – July 9, 2009

I know times are tough at work when I can only manage to do one post a day, and I think today is going to be one of those days. Pity me, but whilst I try to un-break the things I mashed up yesterday here are some cool links for you to look at.

Light Giants

Flickr user Kimbell creates these amazing light paintings using a hoop with lights on it.

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