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