Alchemy with Light

LED Mandala No.1
LED Mandala No.1 / 2013 / Terry Long

If you have been following my blog, you will already know that I am both fascinated by light, and that I draw and paint with it. It has to be one of the most unusual art mediums to use. I have tried many different types of light to draw and paint with, from incandescent to sunlight, but LED is a big favourite of mine. I normally use it by drawing with it in the air, which allows me to work in a three dimensional kinetic way. I also draw and paint with it on different surfaces, so movement is always involved, just like chinese ribbon dancing. These three  mandalas shown here were a change in my usual method, and were made without any movement during the camera exposure, which was a 30th of a second at f8, taken with a Nikon D700 digital camera, mounted with a 28 – 120mm Nikon lens.

Mini LED light

These mini LED lights which are only 4 centimeters long were used to create all three  mandalas. I arranged them on a sheet of white foamcore into a pleasing design. They come in several different colours, which can be used for a more complex design.

LED Mandala 2
LED Mandala No.2 / 2013 / Terry Long

This Mandala comprises of 12 arranged mini LED lights and was a similar exposure to the others. Even though the background appears to be black, it was taken on a white background.

LED Mandalla 3
LED Mandala No.3 / 2013 / Terry Long

LED Mandala No.3 was created with 20 arranged mini LEDs on white foamcore, also with a similar exposure.


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