“Light Painting is its own art form, just as drawing is an art form or painting is an art form. Calling light painting a photographic technique would be the same thing as calling painting a canvas technique. I am a light painter.” (Jason D. Page)
ABOUT THE IMAGES:
My work is about using the camera as an instrument for recording light rather than a tool for documentation.
I create my images in almost total darkness. I work in a 3 dimensional space and paint with light just as a traditional painter would with oils or acrylics, except my medium IS light. To capture my light painting work I use a photographic technique know as long exposure photography. I open the shutter of my camera for an extended period of time and use various light sources to create color and designs within the frame. Every light painting is unique and unrepeatable. To produce my images I use everything from ordinary household flashlights to chemical concoctions of nitrate and potassium chlorate to create explosions of light. There is no photo editing used to create anything see in my images! All of my light painting images are created in real time and captured to the camera in one single photographic frame.
ABOUT THE ARTIST, JASON D. PAGE:
Jason D. Page was born in Newport News, Virginia, the son of Coast Guard machinery technician Allan D. Page (An avid photographer) and homemaker Jeannie Page. At the age of 3, his family relocated to Palm Beach, Florida. Soon after the move to Florida Jason’s parents divorced and his family life became “Broken”. His mother remarried a few years later, this tumultuous time had a heavy influence on Jason’s artistic career. Soon after graduating high school Jason went on to study film production. After graduating from college in 2004 he focused his cinematography on his love of surfing. Jason produced, shot, and edited 4 feature length, award winning, surf films.
In 2004 while shooting long exposure seascapes on a full moon night Jason accidentally bumped his camera. When he checked the image and saw the streak that the moon had left across the sky it was his epiphany! Jason says “From that moment on I was a light painter, though at that time I didn’t even know what I was doing had a name. I had been shooting long exposures for years before this, I don’t know why it never clicked for me before that. I had made the classic long exposure shots of car lights going down a street back in the film days, thats why I say light painting found me instead of I found it, it had to wait until I was ready.”
Jason is widely recognized as a leader in the current light painting movement by fellow light painters and art critiques alike. Jason has pioneered numerous light painting techniques and with this innovation he has created ground breaking images. Jason’s light painting work has been published internationally in print as well as online. He has exhibited his work in numerous shows and galleries; including locations such as Palm Beach, Miami, Amsterdam, and Moscow. Jason’s biggest inspiration and mentor is Dean Chamberlain, the father of light painting photography. Jason is also one of the biggest promoters of the light painting art form itself, in 2009 he founded the largest worldwide resource for light painting photography artists and information lightpaintingphotography.com/ Jason says “Light Painting is its own art form, just as drawing is an art form or painting is an art form. Calling light painting a photographic technique would be the same thing as calling painting a canvas technique.” With his forward thinking, innovation, and the ability to capture his stunning visions in a unique fashion, Jason D. Page deserves recognition as one of today’s most influential visual artist.
(words by Jacob Peterson)
Technical Equipment: To capture my light painting work I shoot both film and digital. I prefer the look and feel of shooting film and shoot it whenever the opportunity arises. I shoot film on my Mamiya 645 and my Canon AE1’s for digital I use a Canon 50D and 60D. To create my light painting work I use Light Painting Brushes, Coast flashlights, Neon-Flexible El Wire, Rosco Gels, and a variety of custom light tools and filters.
My work is focused on using my camera as an instrument for recording light rather than a tool for documentation. All of my light paintings are create in real time and captured to the camera in one single photographic frame.
Artist that have influenced my work include Dean Chamberlain, James Turrell, Man Ray in his series “Space Writings”, Gjon Mili’s Strobe photography, Pablo Picasso’s light drawings with Gjon Mili during a brief meeting in 1949, and Eric Staller.