Light painting line master Darren Pearson was recently invited to showcase his light painting skills at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles 100th anniversary celebration. Check out the short interview, images, and video below…
LPP ∇ Darren congrats on your recent light painting lecture at the Natural History Museum tell me how did it happen?
DP ∇ I got an email from an event coordinator for the museum about my ‘light-fossils’ series, asking if it was possible to meet and discuss the possibility of doing something for a large event. Of course I was interested, it seemed like perfect match! We met several times and discussed some ideas for a live performance/lecture in one of their lecture halls.
LPP ∇ Was that the largest group you have share your live light painting skill with?
DP ∇ This was definitely the largest crowd I had done live light painting for.
LPP ∇ Its cool that you got to spread the light to some people that had probably never seen it before, how did they react to it?
DP ∇ The reaction was really good from the crowds, I wasn’t sure what to expect.. But I got lots of applause, and some great questions, and I think the audience definitely got what I was doing. I believe I made some people very curious about the whole process, which is always fantastic to see first hand.
LPP ∇ Did the audience participate?
DP ∇ Yes, of course the audience participates! As I mentioned, we had a great young volunteer, I didn’t catch his name, but there is a photo of him on the stage and his creation projected on the screen.
I also took requests for different dinosaurs to draw and a Q and A session afterward.
LPP ∇ What was the best part?
DP ∇ The best part was a little technical glitch, were the last image I shot, would be projected for a moment before the most recent image (as it processed)..
So, after doing a complicated Trex light-painting, to great applause from the crowd, I called up a volunteer from the to give it a try.
A boy around the age of 10 comes up to the stage and illustrates his own light-painting, with definite concentration. After he was done, I clicked the remote, and the same Trex light-painting comes up on the projected screen – everyone starts clapping as the kid looks to me, quite confused.
LPP ∇ Thats classic… how nervous were you when you got the confirmation?
DP ∇ I was nervous going into it, but I had practiced my bit, and was in more of a ‘let’s see what happens kind of mood’. I thought it was such an amazing opportunity to see what a live audience would think first-hand. Overall, it was an awesome experience, and a great chance to inspire others.
LPP ∇ What other light painting projects are you working on?
DP ∇ I’m working on a series called the ‘postcard project’ where I’m writing the names of different California cities in cursive light-script over their respective landscapes and skylines. I’ve done San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, and San Francisco. I’ve just printed the San Francisco ones, they’ll all be available in my shop at dariustwin.com soon.
In addition to the postcard-project, I’m also working on a light-skeleton skate-video/animation project. Which is coming together after almost a year of work. It should be done around late August to early September.
LPP ∇ Sounds good cant wait to see them!