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This is a collaborative project between Red Bull, Snap! Orlando, the wakeboard athletes: Mike Dowdy, Adam Errington, and Dallas Friday and myself as a light painter. It is purely experimental, none of us ever did a project like this before. We mixed sports and technology to create art. The movement of the athletes in the water, with the LED boards, created the light paintings. We shot 3 nights in a row from sunset to sunrise at the OWC, Orlando Watersports Complex.
Il s'agit du nouveau projet du photographe Patrick Rochon, qui mélange danse, art martial et lightpainting. Cette série de photographies utilise les mouvements des corps et les chorégraphies des danseurs et des combattants pour peindre de magnifiques toiles de lumières…
I now declare Light Painting as form of art. It is the art of moving light and mixture painting and photography. This art is a new way to express and explore the inner and the unseen. From now on, it is a form of art here, for all of us to enjoy. Light Painting is now born.
I used my skills as a light painter to work on the idea of the light painting sculpture. I almost want to say a kinetic light sculpture because of the look and the feeling it gives, but in reality these are all movements done by hand in a studio on a black background with the new light tools Sylvain Lavoie and I built. They are all pure light painted done in one stroke. We shot video and photography simultaneously. The target size was 1920×560. Since I didn’t have enough cameras for the shoot, I needed two more, I shot left side and right side separately. While I was shooting, used my imagination, intuition and memory to connect both sides of the lights at the ends frames. Later when editing, I “glued” the right and the left together in After Effects.
It took a month of R&D and a lot of testing to get to this final edit, to this level of simplicity. During these weeks of edit, I was working to get to the essence of the piece, staying truthful to the vision and shooting. I took out everything that didn’t belong in, like a sculptor who carves away every little piece to unravel the purest form. Later while I finished rendering all the effects, I searched for music that could fit the images. I came across the song Decay by Monolake, an artist I’ve been admiring for a long time. I tried it with the images and the fit is perfect.
I’ve been considering that light painting is four dimensional art for a while but this is the first time I mentioned it. This is exemplary. This piece is a good example where you can see and experience the four dimensions at work simply because the light cumulates through space and time to create a final image. It’s the cumulation of all the pieces that creates the final moment, the complete picture. I see this video as a meditative experience that tickles the imagination and relaxes the mind.