About the workshop
In this workshop you will learn what the lightpainting technique is and how the artist began working with it in the manner of mosaics with Polaroid. He will explain what it is, the beginnings, how to make your own lightpaintings and references from other artists working on the technique.
I was born in Naples in 1974, I have a degree in physics and a PhD in atmospheric physics from UMBC Baltimore MD, USA. I currently live in Italy and work as a researcher in Bologna. My "love affair" with photography began about 30 years ago with astrophotography, which introduced me to the processes of developing and printing black and white film. From there and until I became fascinated by infrared photography the step was short (metaphorically speaking, since it took me more than 10 years) and with the help of digital photography, which at that time was beginning to be available to amateur photographers , conquered my heart where it will always belong.
Thanks to a book on manipulating Polaroids, I started studying instant photography and bought a Polaroid SX-70 camera, which I still have. The infatuation with image manipulation and transfer techniques was unfortunately destined to be short-lived as within a few years Polaroid discontinued film production. But one day, as I realized I was keeping my SX-70 just as a historical relic, Impossible Project decided to save production, and the rest is history. Nowadays that Polaroid films are back, I dedicate a lot of my free time to instant photography trying to contaminate it with the light painting technique, to which I have been completely dedicated in recent years. I still paint with digital light for dedicated projects and have just started (I have to admit I was inspired by what I saw in EXP.20) with cameraless instant photography as my way to better understand our need for photographic instruments.