Back in the 70s, the streets of New York at night become a playground for artist Eric Staller. His toys? A film camera, some sparklers, and Christmas lights.
Light painting has gotten more and more common among photography enthusiasts over the years that you might only give Eric Staller’s work just a second of your time.
But what sets them apart from the other light painting images around us is that Staller’s work was made in the street s of New York during the 70s.
Using a Nikon 35mm film camera, and sparklers and Christmas lights as tools to “paint”, Staller left his lens opened for several minutes as moved through the urban spaces, making it a beautiful mesh of photography and performance art.
Beautiful, don’t you think? I haven’t tried light painting myself, but I’m sure that I’ll be able to gather my wits soon! How about you guys? Got any tips or advice for light painting newbies like me?
Shanghai in the 1920s and '30s was a city that intrigued British, American, French and Chinese cosmopolitans with its bustling streets and dens of sumptuous iniquity. This summer, Dances of Vice brings strains of jazz mingled with Hollywood-inspired music and Chinese folk melodies on the night of the Downtown Association in New York City.
In New York City, winter has been harsh and long, the nights long and cold, and shooting outside is not fun anymore. So when the Lomo'Instant Boston Edition hit the shelves this week and the new Splitzer arrived at the Lomography Gallery Store New York, we decided to do a round of light painting portraits instead of sunny ones.
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Not long after Alex Timmermans purchased his first digital camera at the turn of the century, he quickly realized the trappings of digital photography couldn't fulfill his personal photographic desires. He then began searching for a more challenging process — one that wasn't so predictable. His journey eventually landed him back at the roots of analogue photography, specifically employing the wet plate collodion process using original Petzval lenses. This antique photographic process found in him a renewed inspiration and has since become his passion, which is evident in both his words and his images.
Ian Hobson is a photographer based in the United Kingdom who specialises in light paintings. He recently tested the Lomo'Instant with his Pixelstick - an unbeatable light painting combo! Here are some of his amazing shots, as well as a few pointers on light painting and shooting at night.
Scott Brasher is a fashion street photographer based in New York City. His work has been featured on many media outlets while working with brands like Cover Girl, MTV, Reebok, and Target, among many others. But before this, Scott started shooting in the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, capturing its daily urban fashion. Last month, he took the Petzval Lens to the streets of New York to photograph scenes at the famous New York Fashion Week.
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C.S. Muncy is a freelance photojournalist based in New York City. He has done some incredible work for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsday, among others. In this short interview, we will find out about his experience shooting with the Lomo LC-A 120!