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Skeletal Light Paintings by Janne Parviainen

Make no bones about these brilliant light paintings, created in camera without post-processing, by Finnish artist Janne Parviainen. Glowing skeletons lurking in forests and hitchhiking a ride are so creepy, and yet we can't look away. Read the artist's anecdotes below.

Looking at these photos, you wouldn’t think that he was once scared to go wandering forests and abandoned hospitals. “I used to be very afraid of the dark when I was a kid, but not anymore which is a good thing, light painting-wise!” Janne jokes.

(Read Light Painting: Wheel in the Sky)

Photo by Janne Parviainen

The Helsinki-based painter found a passion in something that happened accidentally. He was taking long exposure photos one night and accidentally knocked his camera over. When he looked at the result, the street lights appeared to be writing and from then on, Janne started to explore the medium more.

“The subjects in my light painting photos tend to be quite often some sort of figures, for example lightmen or light skeletons combined with urban exploration style backgrounds or Finnish nature landscapes,” says the artist of his shoot set-up.

(Read Doubles with Light Painting)

When strangers ask what he’s doing (which he has been asked millions of times, he says), he usually says he’s doing an art performance because “it’s easier than starting to explain the whole concept of light painting!”

With eye-widening images like this, it’s easy to doubt the integrity behind the work. But a look at his website—where he clearly states “All photos straight from the camera, no post editing”—and some parting words from him reiterate otherwise.

(Read Panoramic Light Painting with the Spinner and Sprocket Rocket)

“I think Photoshop is a curse word among the light painters,” says Parviainen who uses flashlights or toy LED lights to create the vivid visuals. He adds, “Light painting is the most liberating form of art I have encountered. It’s just so much fun to do!”

View more of Janne Parviainen’s cool photos here. Sources include lightpaintingphotography and thiscolossal.

written by denisesanjose


  1. hughh


    Love these! I'm trying to figure out if the painting was free form or if they used a template (like a person) to do the skeletons

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  2. icuresick


    @hughh most probably he painted it infront of a person.
    I painted this http://www.lomograph(…)os/14357745 and used my body as guide

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  3. hughh


    Nice, I'll have to try this out some time!

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  4. zekalinova


    Really Cool!!!

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  5. grazie


    awesome! I was just gonna show you this @icuresick
    Nauna ka na pala haha!

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  6. icuresick


    @grazie haha! nag try lang ako. Parang matagal ako ulit magla-lightpainting. Limang oras ako nagshoot para sa isang roll Hahaha! Kailangan talaga may kasama ka kung maglightpainting, para man lang may taga press ng shutter haha

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