This series is the result of a creative process that has been evolving over the past 8 years. Crafting light by hand to create imagery that magnifies reality in a single exposure is at the core of our projects. These outdoor tube light-painting creations testify to the importance of two things that inspire my photography journey: a love for light-painting as an artistic expression and a love for landscapes that evoke the vastness, mystery, and beauty of nature. Each image is the result of a long exposure during which Kim, a contemporary dancer, and my creative partner, stays still while I move the light behind her. Combining in a singular way light-painting and landscape photography, the process looks like a performance of dancing light and human stillness in the silence of the night.
We can always find something to celebrate, or so we believe. The Fire Sessions chapter contains only sparkling moments we created in the night over the past few years. Early on in our journey, we had the desire to add an element of fire to our light-painting, for it is a natural source of light that is in constant motion. Almost hypnotical. For many reasons, working with sparklers is a special event for us. They are tricky to control and master but probably constitute our favorite tool to play with. Although not dangerous, they are often impossible to find in most parts of the world. Therefore, creating with them is an exciting experience as we know we only get a few opportunities where the conditions allow us to live those fiery moments.
Just as every trace of light made by hand is unique and impossible to replicate, so is every night sky we capture. As we shape traces of light and partially reveal the beauty of our environment, we try to create a slightly altered perspective of reality where reflection is implied.
Prints, posters, videos and behind the scenes images about this project: