Let There Be Light
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.