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Light tornados? Ethereal tubes of light captured in long-exposure photography

English photographer Martin Kimbell is well-practiced in the manipulation of light and image-capture technology to create startling pictures. Nowhere is this more evident than in his recent ‘light-paintings’, where wormholes of twisting lights seem to spring out from the ground or surge down to the earth.

While it may seem as if Kimbell has attached LEDs to a remote-controlled helicopter or drone in order to create these images, the truth is not that high-tech. The photographer simply fixes the light to a hoop which is then hurled into the air and as it spins the long-exposure captures it’s whole trajectory in a single picture.

‘What I love about light painting’ says Kimbell, ‘is that it gives me a level of control and creative freedom which is rare in most forms of photography. Through the adding of different light patterns, or by illuminating it differently, I can completely transform the scene.’

We love the quietness that pervades Kimbell’s images, giving them a serene atmosphere even as the stars wheel over head and the tornadoes of light punch at the ground.

Via This Is Colossal

Martin Kimbell light painting
Martin Kimbell light painting
Martin Kimbell light painting
Martin Kimbell light painting
Martin Kimbell light painting
Martin Kimbell light painting
Martin Kimbell light painting

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Milo Sumner is a day-dreamer, living and breathing in London. When feeling low, he tends to cut loose and chase after dogs in the park. Otherwise he can usually be found pondering what to have for lunch.

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