Let There Be Light

City Weekend - - One More Thing -  Mina Yan

he cover for this is­sue was not cre­ated with any de­sign soft­ware. It’s an original art­work by Roy Wang, brand man­ager by day and light artist by night. Roy started cre­at­ing light art in 2010, fo­cus­ing on photography rather than on the best pho­to­graphic equipment. An or­di­nary SLR cam­era cou­pled with a Nu­bia smart­phone com­pleted his daily cre­ative needs.

What is light paint­ing? It’s ex­actly as the name sug­gests. Artists use light as a medium to cre­ate works of art that be­stow be­wil­der­ment upon its ad­mir­ers. The tech­nique is most com­monly

Tdone by mov­ing a hand-held light source while tak­ing a long ex­po­sure pho­to­graph.

To cre­ate the cover for this is­sue, Roy in­vited Me­d­ina, a good friend who had just re­turned to China, to work with him. The light painter from Spain, ac­com­pa­nied by his lover Ami Zhang, joined Roy to cap­ture the eerily beau­ti­ful photo in Li­ulichang al­ley.

As we watched Roy work, we were fas­ci­nated by his com­po­si­tion. The cam­era doesn’t al­low mis­takes. Each stroke, each move­ment is recorded ex­actly as it’s done. There are no doovers. If the hand lingers just a sec­ond too long, the brush of im­per­fec­tion can be seen. Watch­ing Roy’s dance-like move­ments at work, we can’t help but be amazed by what he can en­vi­sion in his mind.

“The most dif­fi­cult part of light paint­ing is remembering ex­actly what you have al­ready painted, and from which spot to con­tinue paint­ing as the light dis­ap­pears so quickly.” Roy tells us. To see an im­age in your mind and to cre­ate it with ev­ery stroke checked off the list is a tal­ent that con­tin­ues to amaze us.

To see more of Roy’s work, fol­low him on In­sta­gram at roy­wang309.

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