What is your name?
I'm Maria Saggese
How long have you been light painting?
About four years ago I started experimenting with Light Painting techniques when I was studying at the Academy of Fine Arts. It was love at first sight. The Art of Light Painting Photography changed me and my art, and I realized what I really wanted: To Find My Inner Light!
What is your favorite part about the Light Painting Art Form?
Light Painting makes the invisibile visible, what is hidden to human eyes. It is a magical technique because the long exposure allows reality to blend in with fantasy. There are no limits, the only limit is our own imagination.
What are your favorite type of light paintings to create and why?
I love creating several silhouettes in the same image, double exposure and surreal effects, my favourite one is "Vital Energy", two silhouettes of the same model in a single frame are surrounded by light that seems to come out of them and become their aura. This work was also selected amongst the hundred finalists of the International Light Painting Award 2016 promoted by Jan Leonardo.
What is your favorite environment to shoot in?
Since I work mainly with models, I prefer to shoot in studios or darkened rooms. My purpose is creating intimate images and focusing on human shapes. With my work I try to bring out the soul and inner light of my model.
What is your favorite Light Painting Brushes attachment?
My favourite brushes are the black and white fiber optics because they create fasinating effects and I generally use them behind the model's body to get an interesting light and shadow effects creating silhouettes or portraits.
What or who inspires you and your light painting work?
I am inspired by photographers but also from painters, Caravaggio Paintings, which was the first "painter of light". I'm also inspired by the Master of Photography Paolo Roversi with his unique treatment of light creating melancholic, ethereal images. A lot of modern Light Painters inspired me with their works: I love Patrick Rochon Technique with fashion and models, ethereal images of Rosetta Whitehead, the unique style of Dan Chick, and Iris Shiroii's works with fabrics and lights. I get inspiration from artists that work with models with a unique style.
What is one piece of advice for someone who is just starting out Light Painting?
My advice is to work and experiment, try new techniques and not stop! Get inspiration from other artists and trying to create an own style. Every artist learns to use a brush to paint his emotions and feelings, his inner world bringing out through this wonderful technique.
Where can people see more of your light painting work?
You can see more artworks on my Blog www.mariasaggeselightpainting.com
My Facebook Page www.facebook.com/MariaSaggeseLightPainting