Lichtfaktor – Graffiti durch Licht

Posted: March 1, 2009 in creativity


I like this idea: graffiti through light by German  Lichtfaktor. How is it done? to get the best results a tripod is needed. The exposure should be around 10-30 sec. or longer if needed. Stay in front of the camera and do your writing with the different light sources. To not overexpose, the camera should be set to about iso100, and the aperture closed as much as possible. If there is still too much light, a nd-filter (neutral density) might be needed. And a useful tip: it is always nice to integrate the surroundings into the picture.


What’s the toolkit  a small collection of flashlights, biking-lights, flashing LED lights, fireworks & torches and even more sophisticated equipment. Lichtfaktor uses three different types: xenon, which creates a warm golden light; LED, which produces a thin precise line; and cold cathode, which gives a thick line. The best results are achieved by experimenting, including using filters and objects that reflect light.


It’s like an act of painting, the difference being though that there are two canvases that are separated, yet inextricably linked: one is spatial, the place of the performer, a sequence of many fleeting points of creation; the other is two-dimensional, the recording camera, the medium that gives structure to those many points of creation by literally lining them up, thus creating the final artwork and preserving it lastingly.


Very nice concept. It’s not revolutionary and probably has been done before, but when looking at it in the context of graffiti, it seems innovative. it’s all a matter of perspective ;) .

  1. Rick Bond says:

    This is great!! I work with flashlights in Canada too! I really like the red one, where you added the lines radiating out. Very cool!

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