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Light paintings from Darren Pearson

American artist Darren Pearson uses long exposure techniques inspired by Picasso to create his light paintings.

Pearson uses empty cityscapes around California as a backdrop to his work, which he has been honing for five years.

The technique involves using an LED, as any stronger light source could damage the camera, and then working as fast as possible so as to prevent his blurred figure appearing on the long exposure shot.

Picasso created his first light sketch of a centaur in 1949, which can be seen here.

For anyone curious about creating their own light paintings Pearson has made a video showing how he created “Bioluminescence”.

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