Photographer Uses Electronic Installments to Create Sci-Fi Art
Using low power light sources like LED and glow sticks, Barry Underwood takes long exposures to produce eerie images of his beautiful surroundings.
The scenes are built to exist in their physical environment, as much to serve as the subject of the photograph. Underwood cites a scene from the film "Blade Runner" as a large influence, stating that part of the fun is having a static image become a space that he can explore: "It's sort of like stepping into the photographic image, a temporal shift."
The wide variety of overall appearances in Underwood's photos are created by placing varied light elements in different orientations and intensities. By gathering several hundred LED's and varying the power of the battery packs, and adding some technical tweaks such as wax paper and climber's rope, he can precisely control the balance of light and form.
Underwood has been photographing environments manipulated by artificial light since 1988. His myriad of techniques and theatre background allows him to treat the real world like a session in Photoshop.
Most of the images are taken outdoors as a commentary on human effects on nature. There isn't a unifying statement at work, but rather a prolonged meditation on the fantastical worlds in his mind, and the real ones that surround him.
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