The ray of light becomes a brushstroke, the absolute darkness becomes a white canvas and blue, for example, becomes yellow.... Read More
The ray of light becomes a brushstroke, the absolute darkness becomes a white canvas and blue, for example, becomes yellow. Nothing is what it seems, the photo becomes a painting.
Florian Herzog paints with light.
In his most recent conceptual series, the artist moves within the photographic principle, i.e. the interplay between the amount of light and time. The special attraction comes from the painting-like character of his method, because traditionally light paintings in long exposure are often known as glistening light trails in front of a dark background, never on a white surface. The fact that photographic factors are the artist's tools and that, from a purely technical point of view, we see an inverted slide film - that is, an enlarged negative - cannot be immediately recognized by simply looking at the works.
Florian Herzog uses a technique with which he can move like a painter with the color palette, without having to leave his artistic discipline or his subject. The Lightpaintings are not only space-filling works, but a new artistic expression. During a long exposure, the artist stands in front of the lens in absolute darkness and moves a light source, for example a flashlight. Colored light lands on light-sensitive material, the result after development is the light choreography that has become visible during exposure.
You can see motifs that can be read very associatively. Color strips, waterfalls up to landscapes, geometric shapes, color areas or color gradients. They touch on an intuitive level, if you know how it came about, doors and gates of artistic reception open. The series is both a conceptual and an aesthetic triumph.