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    Lux Noctis is a series of photographs depicting landscapes of North America in the style of traditional landscape photography but influenced by i… Read More
    Lux Noctis is a series of photographs depicting landscapes of North America in the style of traditional landscape photography but influenced by ideas of planetary exploration, 19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction. Read Less
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Lux Noctis is a series of photographs depicting landscapes within the framework of traditional landscape photography but influenced by ideas of planetary exploration,19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction.

We are overwhelmed everyday by beautiful images of the familiar. I imagine these scenes transformed into undiscovered landscapes which renew our perceptions of our world.

Each image is a carefully-planned scene consisting of multiple lighting positions to produce a theatrically-lit composition. Using the GPS-enabled aerial light/drones in specific positions in space, I am able to produce moods of drama and tension through use of chiaroscuro, and the ability to illuminate isolated features of a scene and exclude unwanted elements.

These are abstractions of the landscape photograph, or ‘portraits of the landscape’, drawing the attention of the viewer only to the illuminated, in an otherwise overwhelming and vast picture.
My aim is to portray a unique perspective of the planet we live on by illuminating night landscapes with an aerial LED light (a prototype AL250 light by Fiilex, mounted on a 3DR Solo UAV). Scenes which show not only the beauty of the landscape but also the versatility of new technology in creating art. Drones are amazing for cinema not only as flying cameras, but also as flying light beams, foregoing the use of expensive cranes, helicopters and balloons, and allowing artists to shine light on places from angles which have never been possible until now.
 
Each image is a carefully-planned scene consisting of multiple lighting positions, layered to produce a theatrically-lit composition. Using the GPS-enabled aerial light/drone in specific positions in space, I am able to create moods of drama and tension through chiaroscuro, and the ability to illuminate isolated features of a scene and exclude unwanted elements. Cameras used to create the images are the PhaseOne XF 100MP, Leica MP-240 and Canon 5DIII.