Dancing in a city and sea of lights

Swooshing trails orchestrated by moving the camera and myself as one.

Light fascinates me, whether it's natural light or produced by the efforts of humans.

Gallery of light trails in long exposure photos

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My earliest memories of my intrigue with light are of spending hours staring at the candles my mum used to light on the kitchen table. I'd do all sorts, run my fingers through it, blow on it to see how it responds, squint so I could see the shadows of my own eyelashes. And I did similar with street light and traffic lights. I am always amazed and fascinated by the rainbow halos street lights gain on misty nights, and could watch endlessly the gentle fade of incandescent semaphore as they cycle through their lights.

During my years working as a lighting technician in theatres I would still be endlessly interested in the lights inside and outside of work. Abundant glowing points on the streets, emerging from vehicles, attached to buildings.


Light Fantastic is a series of photos I have taken using a combination of long exposures and moving myself and the camera to unveil extraordinary shapes and highlight the wonderful array of colours that are shining around us on city streets and beyond.

I love these moments, dancing with my camera and in the swirling pool of all those photons, all those beams that we use for illumination, for sharing messages and instructions, for delight and fun and wonder and joy.

Light has the power to unlock all the colours we witness. I find it extraordinary that every image on this website, indeed the majority of digital images we ever see are made up of only three colours in different combinations.