Painting with Light, Hip Hop Edition

Alright. This is just plain cooler than cool. All y’all have seen photography’s “painting with light”, the technique where you leave the shutter on your camera open for a long time, use a light and drag it around in the frame, and get some cool stuff, writing, shapes, etc. But what do you get when you fuse this technique with one of hip hop culture’s oldest pastimes? You get HALO, the brain-child of Parisian artist, Aissa Logerot. From Logerot’s site:

“Halo is a handy light-writing tool, preserving the techniques and gestures that graffiti artists use with spray cans. It is possible to change the color and the brightness of the led to change the graffiti’s styles. If the light doesn’t have enough battery, users simply have to shake it to have energy again.”

In case you’re having the same ideas I had, I’ve already been in contact with him about getting a production model and he was kind enough to respond immediately: “Chase…Unfortunately, by now, Halo is not produced yet. I am currently in contact with some companies and manufacturers which are interested to develop and produce it. If the product will be industrialized, I will inform you about the distribution.”

Well, congrats on HALO, Aissa. I think it’s cooler than hell and I hope it gets “industrialized”. I get dizzy just thinking of all the possibilities.

[more sweet photos and some links after the jump…]

the prototype:

[via my homies from Mad Rad at their site Out For Stardom. Crush it guys!]
[check out Mad Rad’s stellar performance at an earlier edition of our S.F.E.A.D. project.]

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cris says:

Ah come on… Picasso was doing this with Gjon Mili like 60 years ago!

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I have never seen this type of hardware before. The effect of painting with light is so realistic and effective. I can't stop my self to do same thing. Isn't it amazing? Thank you so much for sharing such a nice information.

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Chad says:

Now if only they could make caps that flare like a nice Rusto Fat, or a unit that has light drips like my beloved KRINK mop markers.

Jez Sullivan says:

I did a similar thing at college 10 years ago. I used to use the LEDs in Key ring fobs and cigarette lighters and I found that on my old school old Olympus OM-2n, you could get a 5 minute exposure onto colour negative film in Aperture Priority mode. So I used to put it on a tripod and run into the frame and out again, wacky stuff. The film colour casts would go crazy at such long exposures, but it was fun. I'm just getting my college days stuff scanned so mite post one somewhere

Chase…. i thought "ice cold" was cooler then cool…. :-)

i would have prolly used a laser pen and then just flashed the artist while holding a real spray can.

Luke Meister says:

This is probably the coolest way of capturing an artistic paint threw a open shutter! Mega kudos to the creator!

Super cool, and yeah the possibilities with it are awesome. I'm guessing though that since you blogged this, all the followers including myself are going to want to play with it and create some images. It'll be the next big trend!

Kip Beelman says:

Along these same lines is the work of Jeff Newsom. He is a fantastic portrait and wedding photographer, but he's got a personal site with a unique lightpainting technique that has started to make it into his wedding work. Check it out.

Tom England says:

Really cool idea!

car blog says:

I too want one, really sweet and sexy :)

Mr. says:

I can't make my mind up about this: it's a cool idea, but do we really need to have a overdesigned (and undoubtedly overpriced) gadget like this when you can do *exactly* the same thing with a 1$ led light?

i see it like designer vinyl toys: they're cool, but i will never-ever spend 150$ on a plastic doll… ;)


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Mihai says:

I just wrote about something like that a few weeks ago, the guys that do something similar are called LICHTFAKTOR, google them and see what you come up with , their pretty good.

Will says:

SOOOO AMAZING! I cannot wait to see more of this!

charles says:

Liked the Picasso. This proves, once again, that there ain't much new, Have you seen this cover of Metro.POP Magazine from several years ago.

yeah I saw this last week on Design you trust blog. Amazing little gadget I NEED :) I like that you shake it to charge it up. and I like that the nozzles are changeable for diff colour and thickness. Brilliant idea.

have a look at they do some amazing lightpainting and are incorperating it into video too

Katrin says:

You should check out , they've already taken that idea thousands of miles farther!

charles says:

Sorta trick, but this technique will get real old real fast. A couple of album covers, some editorial and a few ads. How many times do we need to see a hip-hop artist using this before it becomes cliche??? A few photographers will find ways to do things new and interesting … but not many!

But he should sell a lot of these to the people looking for that magic bullet.

Really sweet, would be made even more awesome if there was a way to make the light source larger and smaller. It would help it to further emulate the spray can look.

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