Light Graffiti or Alien Invasion in London!

It was Gaetan‘s idea. Painting with light. Short winter days, a lot of darkness… Yes, you spotted the keyword: winter. Cold. Very cold. And rainy and windy, too. Still, well worth it.

I managed to break by tripod on my way there, so I was limited to holding my camera on what was left of it and quickly decided that using the SLR would be too much bother in the circumstances. Especially because you cannot check the result immediately with a film camera – which usually does not matter but in this particular case it would obviously have been very useful. The Coolpix performed gamely, though, even though the longest exposure time is 8 seconds, which was too short for the larger graffiti.

Here are the aliens coming to Southwark Cathedral, smiling, bringing flowers, going berserk, invading London Bridge and hiding under the bridge.

An alien at Southwark Cathedral  Smiley face at Southwark Cathedral
Light bouquet   Light Graffiti at Southwark Cathedral
An alien starts to form on London Bridge  Spooky face next to London Bridge

You can find flowers growing in strange places in London… and you never know what you’ll meet in the dark.

Two light flowers growing next to London Bridge  Light Graffiti, Southbank, London

It turned out that to photograph the LED poi it would have had to be completely dark (see examples in this post). For those who were interested in the poi, I got it at Oddballs in Camden, which is worth visiting even just to have a look at the amount and variety of different circus things they stock. I wish I had the chance to go there when I was a kid.

There are more photos in the Flickr London Meetup group, such as Paolo’s alien, SJ’s super heroine, or LPM’s light battle.


~ by veronikab on 18 January, 2009.

2 Responses to “Light Graffiti or Alien Invasion in London!”

  1. […] As we found out at the light graffiti Flickr meetup on Saturday, light streaks made by the LED poi cannot be very well photographed in ambient light. […]

  2. The results look great…

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