I PAINT WITH LIGHT TO CREATE NEW WORLDS INTO DARKNESS

WHAT IS LIGHT PAINTING?

All of my works are made with a photographic technique called ”light painting” aka ”light drawing”. It’s based on long exposure times that vary from a few seconds to hours. While the cameras shutter is open you are able to draw in the air by moving different kinds of light sources in front of the camera. Light painting requires a dark environment and it’s usually made at night. Darkness is the canvas and light is my brush.

THERE’S A SPARK OF LIGHT IN EVERY SHADOW

The symmetry in nature has always fascinated me more than anything else and I started developing floral shapes in order to create light sculptures that look organic. I’m interested in how we define what is beautiful and what is not. I try to examine it through environment by exploring unusual and forgotten places in the city outskirts. Abandoned and dilapidated houses that are reclaimed by nature, are usually the most inspiring environments to find hidden beauty.

BIO

Hannu Huhtamo is a visual artist from Helsinki, Finland. Since 2008 Hannu has been working on light art and long exposure photography. With different kinds of light sources he creates new worlds into darkness and paints the unseen seen. Hannu’s light art photography consists of amazing symmetrical light flowers, fauna, and luminous sculptures which he draws into various locations along the elements of the current environment and ambient lighting. Unusual and forgotten places in the city outskirts become a surreal scene for his art.

Hannu is also part of the Valopaja light art collective that organizes workshops and interactive live light painting performances in which the audience has the opportunity to be a part of the show by creating light art of their own.

Hannu’s work has gained a lot of attention in the art world all over the Internet and has been featured in various magazines, blogs, music videos and news channels like CNN and Discovery Channel. He also cooperates with artists worldwide and with brands such as LED light manufacturer LED LENSER.