“Usually I would start with location scouting, either during the day or in the evening, while there is still some light. I then wait until I have found the scene or space I want to work in before I plan the actual light patterns, trying to think of the different ways I can use or transform the space. Often I spend time testing out the different ways I can illuminate the scene before beginning to test out different ideas with my light tools.”
The skill involved in creating such technical images comes from experimentation. Martin strongly believes that anyone who hasn’t tried their hand at long exposure and lights should test it out if not only to widen their skill-set. The process may be tedious to some, but the time spent constructing each image has become hugely beneficial to Martin.
“I also feel that the way light painting photography uses a mix of ambient, flash and constant light sources, both moving and stationary, can help those who are new to photography gain a better understanding of exposure, and how to create a balance between the different light sources. But most importantly it is a very fun and enjoyable style of photography to experiment with.”
Growing up and being exposed to photography from a young age set the course for Martin’s passion. At the age of 16, he owned his own Nikon FE2 and began taking photography courses at school.
Fascinated by star trails, he began experimenting with different off camera flash techniques. With a little inspiration from the works of Stu Jenks, Martin developed his own body of work that exudes the same kind of magical energy he once felt.
© Martin Kimbell