Bert has perfected the art of light painting and you should check out his account on Instagram (@graffitilights) of the many beautiful images he has created. My first meeting with Bert was an interesting one – I had broken my 12-24mm lens the previous night and after a day of shooting with an 85mm, I was pretty disappointed that I could not get any of my usual wide angle shots. But I was still trying to do some long exposures when this tall guy comes over and very awkwardly asks me if I can do a favour. At this point, I hold on to my camera a bit tighter and am ready to tell him that I have no money to spare but something about his earnest manner makes me pause and all he asks is to press the shutter button on his camera while he does his light painting stuff. He then proceeds to take out a 1m long light stick out of a ski bag and I am immediately interested. For the next couple of hours, we walked around Venice doing long exposure light painting images whilst Bert danced around with his light stick and attracted a lot of attention!!! I was so disappointed that I did not have my wide angle as I could have got some pretty sweet shots but with the 85mm, it was just too tight to get anything nice. This was the only one that came out with the light painting in the picture! Bert, thanks for the experience and can’t wait to do it again!
Another from the Disneyland Paris trip – this time a fire breathing mechanical dragon from the special 25th Anniversary Parade. A spectacular sight, the float measures 35 feet and is a steam punk inspired version of the dragon from Sleeping Beauty.
Side note – I couldn’t get a shot of the actual fire from this angle so had to add these in from other shots I took. I made it look as if it comes out of it’s nose but the actual float has the fire coming out of it’s mouth!
Another fantastic installation from the Lumiere London festival. This one is the Great North Door at Westminster Abbey lit up by Artist Patrice Warrener. The intricate details of the lighting was both amazing and beautiful.