The Big Draw After Dark: Light Painting with Peter Solness
Date and Time
Peter Solness is a multi-award winning photographer, artist, educator and writer who specialises in the photographic method of Light Painting. Using his cameras and techniques, this immersive free event will be an interactive, participatory experience that will also be visually curious.
Using a variety of light sources, volunteer light spinners will move through darkness to create stunning light effects using long exposure photography. The event will be choreographed by light painter Peter Solness who will create orbs, tunnels, waves and rainbows of light, for participating photographers to capture with their cameras
Please note this event is over two time allocations
Spectator Registration is for the event starting at 7.00pm, please see below
6.30 - 8.00pm
50 Light Spinners Participants confirmed registration (ages 15 - 104)
This is an active and fun experience where you spin hand help light apparatus under the guidance of Peter Solness, participants confident with coordination skills welcome
40 Keen Amateur Photographers with Equipment
Keen amateur photographers are invited to register
Please read Guide to Light Painting for participating photographers by Peter Solness 2019 attachment when you have registered your interest
30 Urban Sketch Participants
Come sketch the action!
We have drawing materials and sketchbooks for you draw what you see and imaginatively portray the lights spinning and the beautiful landscape. Feel welcome to bring your own favourite artistic materials to capture “Drawing with Light” using your own inventive drawing techniques
7.00 - 8.00pm
Come see art in the making!
Enjoy the process and spectacle of seeing one of Australia’s most inquisitive and experimental professional visual artists working in the field with community participation to build extraordinary one-off photographs in the art of “Light Painting”
Slow motion video recording via your smart phone may capture abstract photo representations of the event but please note there are technical issues with smart phones for long exposure photography, outcomes can’t be guaranteed
Peter Solness is a multi-award winning photographer, artist, educator and writer who specialises in the photographic method of Light Painting. This involves mounting his camera on a tripod and working in darkness to allow long camera exposures of between 4 to 60 seconds. These long exposure times mean he can hand-illuminate his chosen subjects using small torches to create visual effects not generally associated with traditional methods of photography.
An enthusiastic teacher and exponent of light painting as an art form, Solness runs regular workshops and presentations at The National Arts School, TAFE colleges, and the Head On and Ballarat International Foto Biennale photography festivals. He also mounts large-scale public light events for community celebrations, such as Sydney Science Week in 2015 and 2018. Solness has also developed specialist light painting workshops for secondary and primary school students as a way to inspire younger audiences.
“Light painting has been my way of placing a value on things that I feel should be appreciated. Not in a strident way, but in a disarmingly beautiful way. There is an almost devotional aspect to the way one needs to present torchlight to a subject, something that takes my practice into quasi-ritualistic dimensions. It is as much a performance as it is the execution of a photograph and with performance there is also the opportunity for playfulness in the way I develop ideas and undertake the creation of my images. Each exposure is an expression of light and how light can direct the execution of an idea. To go into a dark place, set up a tripod and to painstakingly illuminate a tree, a rock, an Aboriginal engraving site, or a fellow human being, is for me an act of dedication to this art form.” – Peter Solness 2019
You can find the website of Peter Solness at