It is a constant challenge pushing the boundaries of Light Painting. When I first started playing with light about 7 years ago, it was all about the Ball of Light for me. Taking a super simple process, trying to perfect it then take it out into the world and try to create beautiful landscape images with the Ball of Light in it. 

As time went on I, along with the wider Light Painting community, started pushing what we did, and where we did it. For me things changed from the rigid process of spinning an orb to much more fluid motions. Using things like blades and flutes along with EL wire and tape. 

As soon as I started holding Light Painting workshops I had to start developing some skills in all other forms. I needed to be able to pass on the skills to those attending the workshops. But personally I always have the bug to find and push my own personal boundaries.

I have been playing with blades for some time, but I remember seeing one of Patrick Rochon's (@PatrickRochonLightPainter) Light Blade images and thinking that it looked very "glassy". And loved it. I experimented with highly polishing the edge of the blades, and this certainly got closer to the effect I was after, but one morning I had an AHA! moment. 

If I was after a glassy look, why not have some tools made from glass. Living in Adelaide there was only one place to go, the Jam Factory. What a great bunch of people to work with. They listened to my whacky idea, and helped me make it a reality.

The interesting thing is that the effect I was looking for has not appeared yet, but it was replaced by many intricate details I was not expecting at all, and I am so incredibly happy with the results.

This tool uses the incredible Universal Connector from Light Painting Brushes to get the light inside!

Peace, Denis

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