Electrical Movements in the Dark, a German light painting duo, has created some amazing photo art with high-powered flashlights and lasers. There is no Photoshop. EMD is made up of Garry Kratz and Heinz-Jorg Wurzbacher. They meticulously plan their light designs around both their outdoor and indoor sets to achieve amazing results. Adorama was able to speak with Wurzbacher about EMD and the process of creating light paintings.

Q:What was your first encounter with light painting? How did it become your signature style?

A:My first light paintings were things like hearts and words like “I Love You”, which were created with torches in the darkness. This was not the right kind of light painting. It was too easy for me. The light paintings of Jan Leonardo Woellert’s 2008 light project “LAPP Pro” were what I found. He now works solo as “The Light Painting Artist”.Jan Leonardo”They made the right stuff, not only moving lights in darkness but also lighting the scene. Their pictures told stories, with orbs, circles, and people in light suits. They were photographed in fields and in abandoned places. To learn how to do this, I spent more than two years looking at their photos.

Q:Are you a partner or do you use another person to hold the light rig?

A: I soon realized that I couldn’t realize all my ideas on my own, so I began to search for someone who could work with me and the lights. Garry Kratz joined me in 2011 in my light art photography project, “Electrical Movements in the Dark” (EMD). He lights buildings, monuments and other events, so I knew he was the right person for my ideas. We do most of our light art together. Sometimes we also collaborate with talented photographers or light painters.

Q: How much time is spent planning and executing a design? Which gear do you use?

A: Our light artwork has one main feature: we capture the entire scene in one long exposure. No Photoshop tricks! We need to plan how we will set up the lighting, the environment lights, and the performance with the lights. It is best to do it step-by-step as only a handful of things can be done simultaneously. We use lens capping to do our work. The one behind the camera must be the performer, while the other one has to do the shooting. However, often the person behind the camera will have to use both the torch and the camera to illuminate the scene. Sometimes, two people cannot be enough to perform the entire performance. The person behind the camera must walk to the left and right with torchlights to illuminate the scene.

It is also about the location. Outdoor or indoor – which is best for light stuff? Some light lasers, such as the light ones, are best used indoors. You need to see the light rays when working with a laser. Therefore, indoors with a fogger, or smoke, is a good idea. This is how we plan to achieve new ideas. For example, UFOs or light circles are best placed near water, where they will reflect off the surface.

Mostly we use torches from Led Lenser. They have all types of torches – small, tiny ones, but also big ones like the X21R.2 with 3200 lumen (good for illumination of big areas). Many of them have gels. Acrylic tubes and rods are also used, as well as EL-wire and led stripes. There are also fireworks and lasers indoors. We also make our own lights.

Your work incorporates graphic design and light.PaintingPhotography, but are you a photographer? Are you fine art photographers, do you take pictures full-time?

The night is our canvas. We paint with lights and then take photos of it. We make forms from light. It is an artistic performance that uses light to move with the lights, tell stories with pictures or create illusions. Although we call ourselves light artists, we are not Photoshop artists. We are not full-time photographers.

Q: Are there any contemporary photographers you admire? Do you have any tips or tricks for photographers seeking creative inspiration?

A: The most inspiring one is Jan Leonardo Wollert( http://www.lightart-photography.de), but there are a lot of inspiring light art photographers around the world like Patrick Rochon, and Eric Pare from Canada, Pala Teth (Belgium), Patrick Scherer (France). You can also find inspiring people in the USA, UK, Spain, and Asia. We are also an inspiration to many other light painters…

It doesn’t matter what you do, just go out and paint with lights. You will soon learn how lights work and how to use your camera in the right settings. This will give you new ideas. Don’t copy other light artists’ artwork. Instead, create your own style. Use lights to create new ideas and test materials. Keep it simple and clever when creating light tools. Lightweight torch are better than heavyweight ones. They are easier to move and more precise! Learn geometry in school. You will be able to create light objects.

Get a DSLR camera like Canon, Nikon, Sony etc. Learn how to use a tripod and manual mode (M, BULB) to capture pictures. Make sure to use ISO 100 and familiarize yourself with the various aperture settings.