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Big Abstract Light Paintings

Photos taken by a woman who has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and bipolar II. Her medications had to be altered recently due to possible toxicity, so her moods have been erratic. These changes have been hard on her and everyone around her.

About these photos: “I love to paint with light. To create movement, shapes, and figures where there were none. Usually I just use small lights found in my home, but on this particular occasion I used fireworks. Fireworks is one of those subjects that has been so greatly overdone in photography. I know that, and I think that, but then I go see them and I can’t help but take more photographs. They are so big and beautiful. I try to take photos that are a little different though. Photos that just look like abstract light paintings, not fireworks.

My mind feels a little twisted at the moment from my illness, especially now that my medications are not stable. I think these photos could be interesting depictions of what it might look like in there. All different thoughts, feelings, and emotions flaring and receding, flashing and curling in unpredictable ways.” 


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8 comments on “Big Abstract Light Paintings

  1. compostingwords
    October 12, 2012

    These are beautiful. I like the sense of motion in them. I also like how you linked these outward images to what our inward states might look like if we could photograph them.


  2. Veronica Roth
    October 12, 2012

    They are lovely. You can easily post them into the Photo Friday site and combine the two challenges. This week it’s movement over there. I do it all the time. 🙂


  3. Northern Narratives
    October 12, 2012

    Wonderful photos. I really love the second one. It fills me with hope. Thanks.


  4. Jo Bryant
    October 12, 2012

    such beauty in these images


  5. jackiebelle
    October 12, 2012

    These photos are pure genius.


  6. Syncopated Eyeball
    October 15, 2012

    I really like your treatment of these fireworks. I agree with you that photographs of fireworks are usually overdone. These ones suit my taste much more. Very elegant. Lovely.


  7. iansmith2012
    January 21, 2013

    I hope you get your rewards from such nice creative actions. I found it has done me the power of good.


  8. eevamarian
    January 10, 2014

    Wow, these are the memorable photos. Great work!


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