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.
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.
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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.
“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!”