Darren Pearson is a unique artist who creates images out of thin air using a LED pen light as his brush, much like children do when “drawing” with a sparkler in the night air.
Using long-exposure photography, Pearson points the light at the camera and draws what turns out to be illuminating and fascinating images, ones that have been featured in a variety of media outlets over the past few years.
Now, Pearson has gone one painstaking step further. He’s made a video, a skateboarding video.
“Light Goes On,” featuring a skeletal skateboarder, was shot on location all over Los Angeles, and in parts of San Diego, Yosemite, and Austin, Texas. Though the video is only about a minute long, the process to make it was incredibly long and tedious.
“The video is a series of 724 light-painted long-exposure photos, shot over the course of a year on location at night,” Pearson told GrindTV Outdoor in an email. “Each individual image took around 2 to 3 minutes to illustrate. Typically, it takes between 20 to 70 images to make each sequence.” Take a look:
Pearson is a full-time illustrator from Los Angeles. At night, he “explores the varying landscapes of California in search of the perfect scene for one of his life-sized light sculptures.”
None of his images are Photoshopped.
Here are some samples of his unique work (Note: Photos by Darren Pearson used by permission):
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