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Darkness and Empty Space – TAO LP 4

Darkness and Empty Space – TAO LP 4

What makes the difference between two pianists playing the same notes, is the space they leave between the notes.

Light painting isn’t just about light; its also about darkness.
Darkness is an element of the composition.
Light painters are not in a duality of dark against the light but rather in creation with a mixture of both. Unifying those elements creating one art piece.

To integrate darkness as much as we use light consciously.
Choosing to leave some parts in the shadows to emphasize, dramatize, create contrast, to surround light or create a focal point.

As you all know, light cannot be seen without some darker parts in the backgrounds.
It is a bit similar to the sky, the stars and this huge vast space surrounding us.

Let’s look at a different context; In Japan, the empty spaces in conversations are as important as the words themselves. Silences are used to compose and add to the exchange, to allow the processing or the absorption of the conversation, to allow other thoughts and ideas to come in, and to allow people to feel what has been said.

Quote by Wayne Dyer: “Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Your thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Your words come out of this void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness”.

Quote by Meredith Monk: “I think about that ’empty’ space a lot. That emptiness is what allows for something to evolve naturally. I’ve had to learn that over the years – because one of the traps of being an artist is always to want to be creating, always wanting to produce”.

Read more quotes here: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/emptiness.html

Our world is now pouring into our minds, filling it up with information, noise, adrenalin pumping sensationalism.
We forget to stop, breath, reflect, relax, digest, step back, and feel what is inside of us.
Youtube, Facebook, Netflix, Google and all other media giants companies are competing for your time.
They want what is the most precious out of you, Time. This causes us to be in non-stop connection with all these media, streaming, munching, binging, creating severe side effects, making us “less free”, filling up or inner space, our mental hard drive, causing a lot of addiction, depression, disconnection, and nonsense.

See this TED talk bringing light to this matter: https://www.ted.com/talks/tristan_harris_the_manipulative_tricks_tech_companies_use_to_capture_your_attention

Imagine your bedroom filled all the way to the ceiling with stuff you don’t need.
Instead, if we allow space to take place inside of us, if we make time to take long walks, or lie down or meditate, we permit our natural systems to function better, we allow our balance to take place.
Space, emptyness are important componants or our lifes.

This said when we are searching for inspiration, inwards is a great direction for resources even if it feels counterintuitive looking at the infinite medias available to us. Inside has so much to offer to the ones who are ready to listen.

Now back to light painting; I’m sure some of you are already consciously using darkness and space in your work to enhance composition, generating more emotion and just so we breath better when appreciating your work.

The work of the light painter is to explore, discover, learn, share, to unify all forces and creative elements available to us and bring together darkness and light into one magical creation.

Power to us who dares to step in front of the camera and play with light like never before.

To read my previous articles, click here: http://lightpaintingblog.com/author/patrick/

If you are looking for a different way to look at reality, try the film-documentary: What the Bleep Do We Know, a mix of spirituality, quantum physics, and consciousness: http://whatthebleep.com

Why meditate?:  http://www.chopra.com/articles/why-meditate#sm.000001px56uiige2nxfmmy4yr4r5z

More about the space between notes in music: https://danielpaulschnee.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/how-to-play-the-silence-between-the-notes-沈黙-音楽/

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About The Author

Patrick Rochon

Painting with actual light has been a fascination for two and a half decades now. Having explored many techniques, created many different light tools and light painted thousand of pieces, I’ve come to a place of finding beauty in simplicity, opening a world of small details within a line that contains it all.
To me, that is where fine art begins.

Patrick is an award-winning Light Painting photographer with over 24 years of experience. First prize winner of the Nikon photo contest in Japan, Patrick has done light painting photography for various fashion, rock magazines, CD jackets, DVD covers, posters, and international ad campaigns. Clients also include Toyota and Honda.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Patrick has lived mainly in Tokyo, New York and Paris for 15 years.

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