Light Painting Brushes Brand Ambassador Dmitrij Guszkiewicz, aka DIMEK NOKIN has been creating his Light Painting work since 2019. Light Painting is much more that a creative outlet for him. Dmitrij says his work allows him a freedom and an escape from reality that allows him to engage with nature and his environment. Check out the full interview with Dmitrij below and follow the links at the bottom of the page for even more of his amazing work!
What is your name?
How long have you been light painting?
My journey first began in late 2019.
What are your favorite type of light paintings to create and why?
Light painting opens your mind in a way that is very unique and without experiencing this art form it's hard to fully grasp this. It gives you a freedom and an escape from reality that allows you to engage with nature and your environment. Both mentally and physically, light painting allowed me to work through my darkness and create, truly create my vision and express myself in a medium unlike any other.
What are your favorite types of Light Paintings to create and why?
I cannot say I have a 'favourite' style of light painting. I've always prided myself on trying any style to become a well-rounded artist and am always experimenting with my art.
What is your favorite environment to shoot in?
Personally, the settings I enjoy most are those without life but with a deeper connection, a sense of character or soul. Tunnels, abandoned buildings or even castles (there's plenty to be found here in England!) To breathe the life into these environments, to reveal the soul behind the shadow and to use our light to illustrate the beauty behind the darkness is the most rewarding aspect of my work.
What is your favorite image you have created with the Light Painting Brushes?
This is a hard one for me. Though it's probably not the best example of my technical abilities, I used a black fibre optic to create a self-portrait and this is the most meaningful of my creations. I was struggling at the time with personal issues as well as with light painting and considered stopping what I was doing, however when I saw this finished result , I found I could see another face within the painting, I felt like I could see my soul within the art, this renewed my love for light painting!
What is your favorite Light Painting Brushes attachment?
A difficult question again! There are countless amazing products here to love. To name but a few, the serpent plexiglass, black fibre optic, light whip and of course, glitter stick! As I said there are so many amazing tools to choose from, they almost have a character and a magic that allows you bring your visions to life.
What or who inspires you and your light painting work?
My first inspiration comes from one of the first pieces of light painting I'd seen. It inspired my first steps to begin my journey. This was a blue orb in front of a shipwreck on a winter landscape and was by Frank Parhizgar. I started searching YouTube and found Light Painting Brushes channel which opened a whole new world for me. Denis Smith's story and explanation of light painting really resonated with me and I felt how this art could become a form of therapy to help me at a time when I was searching for a purpose in my life. After I progressed to a more advanced level I drew much of my inspiration from the UK light painting scene. Mart Barras, Tom Hill, Tim Gamble, Phil Phisher and Lace light photos have all been influences to one degree or another.
What is one piece of advice for someone who is just starting out Light Painting?
The best advice that I could give would be to trust and enjoy every part of the process. In the depths of the darkness you may find yourself and create amazing work. Don't fear mistakes or setbacks and push yourself out of your comfort zone. In every mistake there is a lesson; learn and grow every day. IN LIGHT WE TRUST.
Where can people see more of your light painting work?
You can see more of my work here! My Instagram www.instagram.com/dimek_nokin
My Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dm.guszkiewicz