There is a local lady in town with terrific dreadlocks, of which I thought it would be a cool idea to see if I could actually light paint them.
Always my biggest problem is obtaining a completely dark room in which to light paint. Even at night the street lights or a full moon can stuff things up. It is surprisingly difficult to remove all light from a room ( especially during the day ). However, my model Deb went to great lengths to ensure the best possible darkness, with nailing thick blankets to the window frames. Sufficient darkness was achieved, so then we moved on to the design of her light painting. Initially we planned on a profile of her face with her dreadlocks pushed across a pillow with one arm bent behind and curling above her hair and the other arm bent normally and placed on her waist. The lines were terrific and her hair looked fabulous but the very unfortunate part was that the photo looked rather like a swastika. Although this symbol is a religious symbol used in Hinduism and Buddhism to name a few, the overriding first impulse is to think of the Nazis and it's horrendous usage during WWII.
We scrapped that design and went with the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid- for those of you who have not come across this saying before.). Always always fall back to simplicity I reckon. So..... I had Deb lie on her back with her hair falling over the back of the foot of her bed. It has corner posts so I placed a pillow on top of each and placed her hands on top of them. Looked great while the light was on, but as I have learned many a time before, things can be deceiving in the light. When you get to light paint the edges of your posed body, things can look decidedly crappy really when you check out the final resulting image. Thankfully, it was not the case in this instance. All I had to make sure of was that her hands were roughly at the same height and not wonky.
After achieving a great result, we thought we would try one more for luck. Off came the clothes and we sat Deb facing away from the camera on a chair. She lent forward over the back of the chair which created a more hourglass figure. By this point my torch battery was fading, which creates a redder glow to the image. We took one like this then changed torches. The new torch created a whole different feel and glowed off her skin beautifully. Once again her hair looked fab!. What do you reckon?. Which would be your choice?