Though it seems strange and straight out of a sci-fi movie, these photographs were taken with a conventional camera and have not been digitally manipulated. As awesome as fireworks and glow sticks in motion, these photos are examples of the extradoinary art of “light graffiti”, an art form in which light sources are used to ‘paint’ a picture, captured on film using long exposures and slow shutter speeds.
Light graffiti is also known as light painting and comes in a wide variety of forms, from cartoons and tags, to highlighting urban and rural scenery. But these images, by German duo Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza of Light Art Performance Photography (LAPP), take that concept a step further, using light and a series of carefully choreographed movements to create complex forms.
Many of the images created by LAPP consist of up to 20 steps, each designed to achieve a certain effect that contributes to the cohesive final image which is captured on a tripod-mounted 21.1 megapixel EOS 5D Mark II camera triggered with a remote control. Some of these images require exposures that go beyond 60 minutes.
Miedza and Wöllert use everything from fireworks, glowsticks, flashlights, and other specific designed tools to actually draw in the air while completely choreography which results in the final image. The duo describes their work as the future of light drawing which I would agree on. I’m sure I just found dream art for every ecstasy raver on Earth.