Two Artists Light up The Streets
|You would never think that there would ever be a type of graffiti that is not frowned upon. The thing is, this graffiti doesn’t drip down property until it dries, nor is it gang related in any stretch. |
“Light” Graffiti is actually a photographic technique where the camera is set to long exposure times in a darker setting and a hand-held light source is manoeuvred inside the frame to create art. In some cases, as with these photos created by Mark Brown and Marc Cameron, the outcome can be masterpieces.
The two artists have collaborated to produce numerous photographs of different cars, all using light in strategic placed backgrounds. Some shots, more than others, actually look like the car could actually be there, poking out of a driveway, or in a parking lot... until a closer look enlightens you that the car is just a vividly lit-up outline.
Different light graffiti artists usually choose a different kind of light to complete their own works of art. The most common “tools” are traffic batons, Xenon bulbs, LED bulbs, cold cathode lights, roadside flares, bicycle lights, spotlights, and camera flash units. The different types of lights can create different outcomes, for example the traffic batons come in different colours and are long, which can help make larger pictures, whereas LED lights are small and work well for thin, precise drawings.
Mark Cameron was the ring leader in this project and with the help of his photographer friend, Mark Brown, they have crafted a series of artwork that is sure to be highly regarded by many car enthusiasts around the globe. Brown won’t tell anyone his trademark secret to get such amazing results. But I am assuming, like anything else in life, the age-old saying ‘practice makes perfect’ is a trick of his trade. The one thing that they both pride themselves in not using with their artworks, is the current tool that most photographers can’t go a day without, PhotoShop. They pride themselves in making the photos, as they are, with just their camera and light sources, nothing more.
Although each photo took Brown and Cameron two to three hours to complete, the end result is a timeless piece of art. You can purchase your own print as a momentous keepsake to liven up any automotive enthusiasts’ collection from
I’ll be placing an order for the Ferrari 458 Italia and Lamborghini Gallardo, see which ones you like for yourself!