Light Graffiti

If you happen to see one of these motors when you're driving, you've had six too many, but as an artform - these trippy graffiti snaps are mesmerising.
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If you happen to see one of these motors when you're driving, you've had six too many, but as an artform - these trippy graffiti snaps are mesmerising.

Along with real ale and free cheese, unpretentious art is high up on the list of Sabotage Times favourites. You may have noticed by our Modern Toss exhibition that we'd rather bung up something piss-your-pants-funny on our wall than some mere arrogant splats on a canvas.

This is why we're so thrilled to show off Marc Cameron and Mark Brown's light graffiti, somehow making super cars, a mini and even a camper van from photographs, light trails and er, stuff.

We won't pretend to know how they do it, but isn't the mystery half the appeal of the Harry Houdinis and Derren Browns of this world (the other half of Derren Brown actually being wanting to push him off a cliff)?

These snaps will conjure joy in art fans, petrolheads and even ragamuffins that do a bit of 'graffing' at the weekends.

Marc Cameron, the project director, says: "When I first met Mark at our former universityʼs photography show in 2007, I was blown away by his stunning light graffiti images. After our first meeting, I spent time thinking of a way in which we could collaborate. Along with photography, one of my main passions in life is cars, so I suggested that Mark create images of iconic motors using light painting - and from that idea the Light Graffiti Cars Project was born."

While discussing his technique, Mark Brown said: “The technique I use is some what of a trade secret. Without going into too much detail, it's a mixture of long exposure photography and light trails.”

“Using extended exposures I am able to step in front of the lens and paint with light using the camera as a canvas. Then I use real photographic components as a background for each of the light paintings. Nothing is digitally generated, only stitched together. Each image takes about 2-3 hours to complete.”

The new series of images features the McLaren F1 LM, BMW GINA, McLaren MP4-12C, Pagani Zonda, Mercedes SLR McLaren, Mercedes SLS AMG and the Koenigsegg CCX.

The cars that featured in the first series included the Audi R8, Morgan Aero, Aston Martin DB9, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari F430 and TVR Tuscan.

You can buy prints here.

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