Hands up; who thought light painting was a cool technique but essentially it is just waving around coloured lights? Potentially, I have now insulted a few of you but bear with me. I used to take this sort of view with lots of types of photography – the “I can do that” attitude. However, take some time to re-create those images that you are so quick to dismiss, and you will quickly realize just how complex they are. All areas of photography have their challenges. Becoming a master of any is not an easy accomplishment.
Patrick Rochon is a master light painter. Not only is his work exquisite and full of meaning but his style is immediately recognizable, certainly far more than waving around coloured lights. When I saw the images you see throughout this article, I felt an immediate sense of familiarity. Taking the time to peruse Patrick’s website, I knew why.
Patrick began light painting in 1992. Five years later, he entirely devoted his photographic time to this exciting new creative outlet. Since then, Patrick has worked with huge brands, magazines, movie-makers, TV personalities, musicians, even doctors and hair salons. Patricks work is stunning. It is no surprise that his unique style has put him in such high demand. I strongly encourage you to head over to Patrick’s website and check out the wide array of projects he has participated in; I’m fairly certain you will recognise one or two.
One of Patrick’s latest projects is titled The Light Painting Kata (2nd Gen.). You may recollect the first iteration of this project, it was featured here on SLR Lounge a few years ago. The idea behind The Light Painting Kata is a fusion of Martial Arts and light painting. Kata is a Japanese concept that, amongst other things, seems to revolve around the notion that one can become such a part of what they are doing that little or no thought is necessary. On Patrick’s website, an example of a painter merging his consciousness with their brush is given.
Without question, the results of Patrick’s Kata are stunning. And equally without question, his methods play to the child inside me who simply says, “cool!”.