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John Tusa Interview with David Hockney-Use of light

Now, you left the Royal College 1962. In 1964 you went on your first trip to Los Angeles, and one of the reasons you gave was you thought the light was marvelous and you said you realised there were no long shadows in Bradford. This is a wonderful phrase. So was it the light that really took you?

Well, in Bradford I could say I was brought up in Bradford and Hollywood. Hollywood was at the end of the street in a cinema, and I must tell you I did notice, er, my father was a great fan of Laurel and Hardy, well so was I, actually. But I did notice in the films, that even if they were wearing an overcoat, they cast strong shadows on the ground. Well you didn’t do that in Bradford, there were no strong shadows…

Well there was no sun, no sun was there?

That means, that means it was very, very sunny, and I noticed that, even in the black and white films. Shadows sometimes people don’t see shadows. The Chinese of course never paint them in pictures; oriental art never deals with shadow. But I noticed these shadows and I knew it meant it was sunny.

Was it the sun, or the effect of the sun, could be different things, which really drew you to California.

Well it’s the effect of the sun actually. Um, that it was light, what I didn’t know at the time, another thing, I didn’t know this, I also said it was sexy, it was actually, meaning in a hotter place people have less clothes, er and so on, er don’t need an overcoat in LA. What I didn’t know was I was deeply attracted to the big space. I’m a bit claustrophobic, I know that now. Er whereas New York is claustrophobic, LA is big, wide, one storey. The reason LA is very brightly lit at night, if you’ve ever been there and looked down on it, is just one simple reason it’s like that. The street lights are twice as high as the buildings, which they’re not in London, so if on Hampstead Heath you look down on London, you don’t see the street lights. But if you look down on LA from Mulholland Drive or a plane, you do.

So you like the light.

Simple, it’s a simple thing.

David Hockney


Playing with Light-Sunset

One day during the summer I looked outside to see a beautifuly dramatic sunset in the distance. Even though there were houses covering some of it I decided to try different aperture and shutter speed settings to see what gives the best light. I was doing this to see how the light in an image can be changed just using the camera settings.

Light Graffiti

After being inspired by the light graffiti in the ‘Talk Talk’ advert over the summer I decided to follow this inspiration with a project using glow sticks to create movement with light. In my images I wanted to show how light can change an image, how it can be moved to create shapes and colours. I used red and blue glowsticks for my images because I felt they gave the best atmosphere to the images and were bright enough to see in my photographs.

Inspiration from research!

Michael Bosanko is a photographer who’s taken on light painting in a series called “We Come in Peace”, in which figures made of light seem to interact with their surroundings in a way that’s comical, fun and highly engaging.


German duo Cenci Goepel and Jens Warnecke create stark imagery that brings a ghostly quality to the beauty of nature, turning striking natural settings into backdrops for glowing organic forms made of moving light. Their subtle use of light painting in deserts, canyons, forests and snow-covered fjords makes the illuminated forms seem to blend in with their backgrounds in a way that brings to mind alien landscapes on some far away planet.

Eric Staller‘s light drawings, created between 1976 and 1980 in New York City, give the viewer a whole new look at the Big Apple. These examples of light graffiti were created using a long exposure with a variety of light sources, sometimes in the form of 3-dimensional lit installations. His photographs seem to give the light itself a life of its own, as it travels through the city creating whimsical shapes down its streets and walkways.

Sola is a UK photographer whose experiments with the flow, form and movement of light are captured in two series, “Embro” and “Solid Trace”. Embro, defined by the artist as “Echoes of the organic world translated into a synthetic language”, seems to explore how light captured in a photograph can seem just as organic as anything else around us.

All from

After looking at all the photographers images I really had a sense of what could be achieved with light graffiti, and I would love to go out and create urban light graffiti or even portraits using this unique medium.

My Images

I think my indoor shoot went very well. I am pleased with the outcome of it and hope to take more pictures like this using different colours and shapes. The images do look better bigger as they are detailed. I love how they show the movement of the light and the shapes it can create as it slices through the air.

Light Photography-Sky

I am always inspired my the sky especially the colours and clouds. I love to photograph it and here are a few images from my light series. Light really can create depth in photographs, it can draw your eye to an area in the image and make them follow the image.

Light Photography Water

These pictures were taken in the little pond in my back garden. I swirled the water to achieve the ripples in the reflected sun! These images were first an accident, as I was taking a photograph of the water the sun was reflected in it. I then decided to see what the images would look like if I moved the water. I really like these images, and want to experiment more with water.

Liquid light!!!

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