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Darkness and Empty Space – TAO LP 4

Darkness and Empty Space – TAO LP 4

The different skills of two pianists playing the same keys rely on the space they use between each note.

Light painting isn’t just about light, it’s also about darkness.
Darkness is a key element of the composition.
Light painters are not in a duality mindset of dark against the light but rather in creation with a mixture of both. Unifying those elements to create.

Integrating darkness as much as we use light. Consciously
choosing to leave some parts in the shadows to emphasize, dramatize, create contrast, and give the light a form, a stage.

As you all know, light cannot be seen without some darker parts in the background.
It is a bit similar to the sky, the stars, and this huge vast space surrounding us. Co-existing and unified as one thing.

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 between people. It allows the processing or the absorption of the conversation, of thought and ideas. Talking becomes breathing.

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:

Our world is now pouring into our minds, filling it up with information, noise, and lots of adrenalin pumping sensationalism.
We forget to stop, breathe, reflect, relax, digest, step back, and feel what is inside of us to the point of confusion, depression, sickness.
Youtube, Facebook, Netflix, Google, and all other media giant companies are competing for our attention so they can poor in content.
They are after what is the most precious, Time. It is our most valuable nonrenewable resource.
Streaming, munching, binging, creating severe side effects, making us “less free”, filling up our inner space, our mental hard drive, causing a lot of addiction, disconnection, and nonsense.

See this TED talk bringing light to this matter:

Imagine your bedroom filled from wall to wall, up to the ceiling with stuff you don’t need. How would you move, how could you live?
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. The master cannot fill your cup if it is full.

Space, emptiness, are important components of our lives.

When we are searching for inspiration, inwards is a great direction to look at. 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 conscious that using darkness and empty spaces to create, can enhance the composition, generate more emotion, and make the result breathe better.

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:

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:

Why meditate?:

More about the space between notes in music:沈黙-音楽/


TAO LP  (The Art Of Light Painting).

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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