What does music look like? We’ve all seen visualizations of sound-waves, but what about the motions a person must perform to create music? This what Ontario artist Stephen Orlando managed to successfully capture.
Orlando uses LED lights and long exposures to record a musician’s movement. He attached the lights to special bows and then asked violinists and cellists to play, turning their actions into waves of brilliant light.
“A relative motion between the performer and camera must exist for the light trails to move through the frame,” says Orlando. “I found it easier to move the camera instead of the performer. The LEDs are programmed to change color to convey a sense of time…Each photo is a single exposure and the light trails have not been manipulated in post processing.”0