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Magical Photographs of Light Illustrations Created Using Long Exposure and an LED Light

How does he do it? That is probably the first question on your mind when you see these fascinating photographs of complex light paintings taken by the 31-year old Los Angeles-based artist and photographer Darren Pearson.

Using long exposure, a tripod and an LED light that he made himself, Pearson cleverly combines art, photography and technology in his surrealistic images. To obtain the final result, Pearson uses the LED light to trace his subjects in the air and then captures photos of the paths he illustrated.

Pearson began exploring light painting in photography eight years ago when he came across a 1949 long-exposure image of Pablo Picasso waving a light in the air, taken by LIFE photographer Gjon Mili. Intrigued, Pearson began “illustrating” stick figures and then advanced to more complex shapes like dinosaurs and skeletons. He often uses deserts, fields and city skylines as the backdrop for his light illustrations.

Check out some of his creations below and the rest on his website or Instagram:
 

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A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

A photo posted by Darren Pearson (@dariustwin) on

   
 
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