Light Painted Night Photography – A Great Read

I’ve loved photographing at night ever since my first photography class in high school. Everything at night is so different than what we are accustomed to seeing in daylight.
The land/cityscape changes, the sounds are different, people and wildlife act different, even the smells are different. The night offers a sense of tranquility often sought in the creative mindset. It’s a great world to be out and about in with a camera.
Every photography class I ever took offered at least one lesson in night photography and light painting. Even though I couldn’t wait for the opportunity to get out at night, I never really enjoyed the light painting part of the course. Somehow I couldn’t see how polluting a scene with light was enhancing what I could see in the dark.
A few years back I saw some light paintings from the rural desert region where I now reside and decided to search the web for more examples.
One of the first sites I came across was “Lost America” by Troy Paiva and I have been completely captivated with his work and light painting ever since. For the first time instead of seeing harsh light corrupting my sacred darkness I was seeing this form of work as an art, much like looking at how a person would paint or draw a picture. Continue reading