This was an experiment – been doing some light painting stuff with Alex (that’s him down there), had an idea to do some portraits lit with sparklers and leds. Required him to sit very still, and comped in a flash exposure of his features. Never intended to do a finished piece from these tests, but as the deadline for the Bellingen Art Prize neared, ran out of time. Based on each image, didn’t think it was going to work – but started to come alive as I played with the layers and started painting on masks. I love it, plan to do a series, but I’ll have to see if I still like it next week….
Each long exposure was about 30 seconds. Alex is quite hairy so waving a sparkler round his head was exciting!