Mesmerizing Light Paintings of 1970’s New York City

These incredible light paintings were taken on the streets of New York City back in the 1970’s using nothing but a Nikon 35mm film camera, 4th of July sparklers and Christmas lights.

Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving the camera or a hand-held light source. By moving the light source, the light is used to selectively illuminate parts of the subject and therefore “painting” a picture by shining it directly into the camera lens.

California-based photographer Eric Staller created these light paintings as a way to celebrate New York City’s architecture. He describes “When the moment was right I set up my Nikon on a tripod and planned a choreography with light.” Eric has written a book called Out of My Mind that provides a more intimate look at his creative process.

light paintings by eric staller (7) light paintings by eric staller (9) light paintings by eric staller (1) light paintings by eric staller (2) light paintings by eric staller (3) light paintings by eric staller (4) light paintings by eric staller (5) light paintings by eric staller (6) light paintings by eric staller (8) light paintings by eric staller (10) light paintings by eric staller (11)