Photography has long been a means to capture memories and moments in time. Throughout a person’s life, photographs begin to tell a story that highlight one’s personal journey, and one’s relationship to one’s environment, society and even the time one lives in. The same way that photographs can speak about us, they can also speak about or wishes and our dreams- what we want to accomplish and what we would like for our lives. Why not capture these wishes, expressions and thoughts through visual paint, using long exposure photography?
Imagine the images of citizens from a whole neighborhood being exhibited together to speak about their vision for the future or exhibited in a way that redesigns a public space. Photography and its interaction with our environment has brought about non-confrontational conversation and drawn light to social issues before, as by French artist JR who hopes to and inspires us to change the world by engaging in visual storytelling.
Light painting not only allows for the incorporation of an immigrant community, as the message conveyed trespasses verbal miscommunication by creating an emotional rapport- it also inspires graffiti artists to rethink their traditional methods and create timeless tags and pieces, instead of ones that eventually get painted over. In all cases, light painting reinforces the individual voices within a community, while avoiding communal yelling.