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Eric Staller and the Dance of Photography and Lights

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?

All information for this article was taken from My Modern Metropolis and Eric Staller’s website.

written by geegraphy


  1. bsdunek


    Very Cool! We used to do that with sparklers when I was a kid - in the early 1950's, but not as neat as this.

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  2. geegraphy


    @bsdunek 1950's! Wow! I'd love to see how your photos turned out back then! Hope you can share them with the community soon! :)

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  3. lokified


    Some absolutely incredible results.

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  4. hailkingstewie


    I absolutely love this guy, his work is so thought out and amazing. I'm a massive fan

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  5. emkei


    really beautiful!

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