It's hard to believe, but these striking images actually existed for a moment in real life. They are the creations of the Japan-based group Fiz-Iks, which uses an arsenal of light sources and perfectly calibrated photography to make light paintings. A tutorial on their website shows the tools they use- different types of flashlights, colored filters, light stencils (look for the blue birds in each shot; you can make your own stencil at home), and a great variety of glowsticks which allow them to paint colored ribbons in the air. Then off to a well-chosen setting like ancient temple and, voilà, incongruity is born.
P.S. For more fun with light, check out the post I wrote a couple months ago on projection mapping.
Images courtesy of Fiz-Iks.
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