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Light can become a paintbrush that giveslife to dark landscapes. 31-year-old LA-based artist and Instagrammer Dar ren Pearson has created stunning characters using long-exposure light painting techniques. Dinosaurs, unicorns and even aliens are some of what Pearson has spawned using his clever camera trickery.
What inspired you to do light painting?
I began light painting in 2007 after picking up a LIFE photo book and seeing this image of Picasso using light to draw a centaur in 1949. For me, the photo repre - sented an intersection of two art forms: illustration and photography. This was my Eureka moment.
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What is the process to create the images?
The process is called light painting through use of long exposure photography. Basically, the camera is on a tripod at night, and I illustrate toward the lens with a torch. The camera picks up trails wherever I move the light. I can’t see it, but I try and imagine what it will look like when I’m done.
How do you choose the right place to do light painting?
I usually look forareas like national parks, abandoned structures,
or interesting geological formations. Often, I use satellite imagery to plan the trip scouting at sunset, and begin shooting when the skies are dark.
Do you use special equipment to create the images?
I use a variety of tools to create the images - a self-made LED light-pen for the white lines, light attachments for the larger colored lines, and LED light-pods and gelled spotlights for coloring the environment.