I’ve been a fan of photography since 2008, focusing mainly on nature photography, photography of night scenes and light painting.
I started out in photography with compact cameras was back in 2008, taking photographs of pretty much everything, but with a particular focus on the details and landscapes of nature and the countryside I found as I was out walking. Pretty quickly photography had turned into a passion and nature photography was my preferred style.
In 2010, I discovered night-time photography and fell in love with the possibilities it gave, but it wasn’t until 2013 when I purchased my first SLR and had built up more solid foundations in the basics of photography, that I was able to start taking night-time shots for real. Pretty much immediately, I became interested in the possibilities of using lights for much more than just illumination – being able to go beyond what was in front of me for real and instead being able to create things directly from my imagination, and light painting was the obvious way to do this.
In terms of lightpainting, I had done some sporadic test shots way back in 2010, but it was not until 2015 that I really got serious about creating designs with light in front of the camera. After trying a few home made tools, made from straws and pens, and buying some EL wire from Ivan and his shop, back then called Herramientas Light Painting, I was completely hooked by the ability to give free rein to your imagination in front of the camera and a new passion was born.
Since then I have tried many styles and distinct techniques within light painting and night-time illumination, building up what I think is a personal style through a series of effects and lighting styles. At the same time, I’ve never stopped experimenting in search of new ideas within my personal style and for the crazy ideas which come along from time to time.
I like to try lots of different things. In particular I have always been drawn towards the more hand-drawn style of lightpainting – creating characters with light, working with different lighting effects, creating tools I can use to achieve those effects and give life to certain ideas – from more realistic scenes with only light touches of light painting to more abstract images.
I also like to play with the setting of scenes by playing with techniques and resources such as camera rotation, kaleidoscopes, old or modified lenses, multiple exposure, lens swapping and changes of focal length, aperture, focus or tripod in order to create more complex, and generally more “fantasy” images.
In terms of how I work, I sometimes have “experimentation” sessions where I find an idea and then play with it until it gets to the final result and sometimes an idea comes to me fully-formed and I just put together the things needed to achieve it.
For me, light painting is a way to enjoy myself, to have a great time, to meet extraordinary people – but more and more I also consider it a serious form of artistic expression with the ability to create, to express ideas, emotions and feelings.
Now it is time for me to continue investigating and playing with lights, but now with the pleasure of being able to count on the support of the great team that make up Light Painting Paradise.