Photographer Barry Underwood’s light painting images are a true rarity: normally it’s the light graffiti within the picture that is supposed to grab the viewer’s attention, yet Underwood’s scenic backdrops are equally breathtaking.
The fusion of the two results in pictures with real impact – and marks Underwood out as a pioneer of the light graffiti world – one that is constantly evolving and almost becoming overcrowded due to the accessibility of this emerging art form. Underwood has nothing to fear.
What makes his light graffiti images truly unique is not the presence of large, intricate balls of light, or everyday objects recreated using light effects, but the way his light painting effortlessly interweaves with the landscape, enhancing each scene with its vibrant glow.
His mindblowing image of red, sparkling light cascading down a hill almost convinces you that it’s on fire, due to its close resemblance of molten lava pouring from the mouth of a volcano. Yet, what would otherwise be a harrowing image, becomes something of rare beauty when recreated using light painting.
And then there’s the submerged circles of yellow featured in “Fish 1″ – resembling a shoal of fish, but also giving this aquatic social process an otherworldly feel. Once again, Underwood is taking the familiar and rendering it unfamiliar. The magic and mystery manifest in his pictures is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Well, we certainly haven’t…
When he’s not out and about searching for everyday scenes to turn “into unique images”, award winner Underwood is exhibiting his work at major galleries across the length and breadth of North America, with his next one taking place at the new Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, USA this October.
If you’d like to get a better idea of the kind of images that will be on display (if you can’t make it to Cleveland, that is), you can see a photographic retrospective of Underwood’s best work below.
Parade Field, 2009
Fish I, 2003
Ferns (for Francesa), 2012
Headlands II, 2009
Rodeo Beach, 2009
Fish II, 2003
Norquay (Yellow), 2007
Wendover II (for John), 2011
Trace (Blue), 2008
Aurora Green, 2007