Light Painting

 Posted by at 12:04 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 162021

After reading yesterday’s blog titled That Could Have Gone Bad, several readers have asked me what light painting is. To be honest, I don’t know enough about it to explain it well, except to say that it is a form of abstract photography that involves keeping a camera shutter open and moving light(s) to create an image. Here is a Wikipedia article on light painting that explains it better than I ever could.

And here are several examples of it that my son Travis has done. The pretty lady in this first one is his wife, Geli, who is a work of art herself.

I really like the spheres, both in color and black-and-white.

Here are some other examples of his work.

I got some feedback on yesterday’s blog from people saying that there is no way they would have been that cooperative with the police showing up at their home in the middle of the night like that, and that Travis did not have to show them any identification or make any explanation for what he was doing.

Why in the world not? Forget that nonsense about freedom and independence and yada yada yada. My kids were taught to respect law enforcement, and there was no reason not to cooperate with them. What if there had been a burglar or vandals at his house? Someone else said there was no reason for the police to have their hands on their guns or for one of them to have his weapon out. I am sure none of these people have ever ridden a shift with a police officer and don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. A cop never knows during a traffic stop or on any routine call they get who they’re going to be encountering and what their motivations might be. Travis had no problem with what happened, and neither do I.

In other news, besides her amazing skills with her looms, we all know that Miss Terry is also an artist in the kitchen. She made me a delicious Texas sheet cake for Valentine’s Day, and last night she made deep dish pizza for dinner. And all from scratch, of course. I have to admit that as much as I like my son’s artwork, I like Terry’s even better. I’m a big fan of art that you can eat.

Thought For The Day – At every moment of our lives we all have one foot in a fairy tale and the other in the abyss.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  12 Responses to “Light Painting”

  1. Wowzer! Your kid is an artist Nick! And his wife is a knockout. I’ve never seen anything like this. Love those circles and the church is flat out eerie. Does it take a lot of special equipment?

  2. Spectacular!

  3. Travis’s pictures are breathtaking! He has such a talent! In discussion of the police checking out his home under what I would call unusual circumstances, I agree with you! It refreshing that they chose to investigate something that looked suspicious to them. They handled themselves professionally as did Travis. Had it been me, I probably would have gone one step farther, and asked if they would like to have some coffee!

  4. Awesome pics! How does he do that?

  5. Obviously Dad and Mom are not the only ones with talent in the family. Your son’s art is captivating. All three of you have a lot of imagination to come up with the things you do – your books, Terry’s weaving and Travis’s light painting

  6. Some of these remind me of the psychedelic days when I ate mushrooms. Impressive stuff he makes.

  7. The pictures are not really my thing but I can recognize the creativity that goes into them. I am a potter and I appreciate any art form and this is definitely an art form.

  8. Just plain WOW. Very impressive work.

  9. His work is beautiful and personally I agree he and the police acted responsibly the other night.

  10. Travis is very talented. Those pictures are amazing!

    And I also think he responded appropriately to the police. I am totally impressed by him.

    As I am by you and all your family. Such talented, caring people you all are.

  11. What is wrong with people? Police have a job to do and they don’t just stop by to harass people in their homes. Why can’t we show respect to officers who are out there to protect us? A big Thank You to all of them, it’s a thankless job today

  12. Those photos are amazing! I am always so impressed with the artistic talents of those who have those gifts. Thank you and thanks to Travis for sharing.

    As far as the interaction the police officers, I think everyone involved handled it correctly and well.

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>



Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.