Let There Be Light: Light Paintings and Sculptures




Photography Tips


Although light is considered more of a practical than an artistic tool, it has some properties that designers can effectively explore in their work. In fact, light can also be considered a medium for more powerful and vivid artistic expression. In fact, many artists and teams use it to create quite impressive works of art.

Although light is considered more of a practical than an artistic tool, it has some properties that designers can explore in their work. In fact, light can also be seen as a medium for more powerful and vivid artistic expression. In fact, many artists and teams use it to create quite impressive works of art.

In this episode of our Monday Inspiration series we feature 50 beautiful examples of light art: paintings, sculptures, drawings and graffiti that were created with light. At the end of this post, you will find references to related Flickr groups containing thousands of additional examples of what can be achieved from creative experiments with light.

Light paintings and sculptures


Sitooterie II The structure is a cube perforated by more than 5000 long and thin windows that project from all its surfaces and lift it off the ground. Since all long, thin windows point to the exact center of the cube, only one light source, located at this central point, is needed to send light through each tube, making the windows glow orange. A small number of them are also projected onto the bucket to form seats. Designed by the Heatherwick studio.




Photography Tips : Having a reflector will let you better control light on your subject. You can even use foam core board at a craft store that’s black on one side and white on the other for less than five dollars.


Foldable fabric ones are also available at photography stores. The black side lets you block or reduce lights, while the white side can be used to fill in shadows. These two options give you much greater control with positioning and angles instead of being limited by the main light source. If there is too much contrast in your scene, use a reflector to fill the shadows on your subject. Adjust the reflector’s distance to your subject to control the intensity of the fill light.