This has been sitting in my notebook for almost a year. Soon after my short experiment with lightwriting, I watched an episode of Scott Wittenburg’s photography podcast and the subject was ‘physiograms’. It was the first time I ever heard the term, and as soon as I looked it up on flickr, I was captivated.
The podcast is a nice introduction to the subject, but in the end, I preferred a simpler approach mentioned by a few other photographers: You simply suspend a torch from the ceiling (I used the AC vent), with your camera pointing upwards from the floor. That’s it!
Mesmerising aren’t they? I spent at least an hour and it felt only like a few minutes. Once everything is in place, and the right settings are dialled into the camera, the fun can begin. Hours of it, if you like, in creating these wonderful shapes.