Light Painting Photographer Guilhem Nicolas, a.k.a. Jadikan-LP, has put out a beautiful book of more than 50 of his unpublished light painting works. The book is only available in French right now but it is worth picking up just for the images. I caught up with Jadikan to ask him a few questions about how the book project came to be…
LPP ∇ Can you tell me more about how the book came to be? I see that it is in a series with other artist as well, did the publisher approach you, did you go to them? Can you could give me some background of how it happened?
GN ∇ How the book came to be ?
Quite fast ! I met the publisher by coincidence last november and they were thinking to make an “Opus Délits” book with a light painter. They knew already about my lightpainting work and were pleased to met me, a meeting was planed the week after. My place is not far from the publisher, so we decided to work together hard and fast, enough to prepare the next “Opus Délit”! It will be the first book from this editor with lightpainting !
For french speaker, the text itself is really pertinent. Talking about the links from art and photography history to the dicipline of lightpainting with a street art axis (not written by me 😉 The art critic did a really good job !
LPP ∇ How many books will be printed, is it limited edition?
GN ∇ The print is actually 1500 pieces, but only limited by the number of people who want one.
To buy it, you can
– go in France to find one in bookshop
– or order it online
(a..z.n do the job too)
for special request, you can contact me.
LPP ∇ How did you select the images to go into the book? Are the images a collection of your work from years past or all new images?
GN ∇ The photography selection was not easy to do but there was a main line to follow: “Street Art”.
Part of my works are really typed to this direction by the location or the energy of the movement with the light, we went this way.
Since I work hard on lightpainting, I was used to keep some of my best photographies unpublished, waiting for a real occasion to show them.
This publication is the occasion : a 55 photographies concentrate of Jadikan LP production The oldest one is from 2007, a composition with 2 trompetist stencil sprayed by
myself… and the last photography of the book is from early 2012, the first one of an upcoming series !
LPP ∇ What do you think of light painting today as compared to 3 years ago?
GN ∇ Since 3 years, there are still a lot of evolution in tools and possibility, in my opinion, du to the increasing number of creative people involved in this movement.
The “light painting” is starting to be known by the public: advertisings, event, school animation …
There are also many more online resources for those who want to know more about the discipline or want to give a try (LPP is a reference !)
The feeling of doing light painting will remain the same forever with your flash, torches, and your camera in dark areas.
LPP ∇ Congratulations on the book it is beautifully done! Check out a few of Jadikan’s new works below and for more information check out his full Light Painting Photography profile HERE.