Light Painting Photography

Another use for TV – George Dunbar c1952

Toronto. Light Painting Photography has a long history. The relative insensitivity of glass plates and film readily lent them to this form of art. It was not unusual for professional photographers to “paint” a scene with a series of flash exposures using an open shutter. The result (if done right) was a correctly exposed scene.

Over the years we have all set a shutter open and used a light source to “draw” an image on the exposed film or plate. The image above left can be enlarged with a simple click to see a larger size view of the efforts of a very young George Dunbar to paint his B&W TV set when he lost interest in the wrestling event on screen!

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