Ikon of Light

Ikon of Light
Ikon of Light / 2013 / Terry Long

Light is a key factor for most photographers, and can be the main subject and focal point of the work, or can be used to bring your subject to life, revealing it’s form. It can also be used as a drawing and painting medium.  Both natural and manipulated light were used to create my Ikon of Light.  The repeated image of the window was photographed in Portofino, Italy, and required  precise timing in it’s execution, so that the corner point of  the sunlight just touched the floor. This required a waiting time of about two hours before clicking the shutter on my digital SLR just at the right moment. The mandala was created in section by drawing with several LED lights (light-emitting diodes) that were covered in coloured filters. A total of 15 sections and layers were used in Photoshop to create the finished piece, bringing the mandala and windows together. My creativity level is always enhanced by listening to music while I am working, but not just any old music. I am very selective in my choice, so I  chose Erik Satie’s Gnossienne No 1 for Ikon of Light. You can listen to this piece of inspirational music here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=PLFVGwGQcB0  More information about LED lights can be found here… http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=lighting.pr_what_are

Portofino Festa-12x18

Portofino Festa / 2007 / Terry Long

This digital painting started life as a 35 mm colour slide/transparency that I took in Portofino, Italy, but after several hours of work with photoshop, it turned into something resembling an oil painting. There are many digital effects and applications on the market that are supposed to give you an oil painting effect instantaneously, but in my experience you still need to put a lot of time and creative effort into it.  Besides, what painting technique are you looking for, or what special technique will be suitable for the image in question. I chose an impressionist technique for Portofino Festa. It helps a great deal if you have had some training in both drawing and painting, and also have a good knowledge of art history. There is a long list of people who have fallen for the charms of Portofino, including myself and the Romans, who were its founders. Napoleon, the Nazis, Friedrich Nietzsche, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, and Liz Taylor are a few. If you would like to join this list, you can find more information on Portofino here… http://goitaly.about.com/od/portofino/p/portofino.htm

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