Incredible new images and a beautiful explanation of his light painting work from Patrick Rochon. The Light Painting KATA.
Getting to the essence of what I do,
I now understand that light painting is above all, movement.
To me, it is a mix of dancing and martial arts.
Light moves everywhere all the time.
Our bodies are emitting light and expressing something subtle but important.
We must see it and understand it.
We must reveal it’s secrets and knowledge.
I believe it is a key connected to our consciousness.
The light painting KATA is the expression of the light we move and create everyday and the trace we leave behind.
In Japanese language, kata (though written as 方) is a frequently-used suffix meaning “way of doing,” with emphasis on the form and order of the process.
Other meanings are “training method” and “formal exercise.”
The goal of a painter’s practicing, for example, is to merge his consciousness with his brush; the potter’s with his clay; the garden designer’s with the materials of the garden.
Once such mastery is achieved, the theory goes, the doing of a thing perfectly is as easy as thinking it.