Ghosts Captured Using Light Painting

These ghostly figures you see in these photographs weren’t Photoshopped in, but are purely done through light painting. If you remember the creative 3D light painting technique using an iPad that we shared a while back, Croix Gagnon and Frank Schott took it a step further and put a slightly morbid twist on it. For their project “12:31“, they “painted” using a laptop and an animation showing cross-sections of a human body!

Here’s how the photographs were created:

[The animation used] represents the entire data set (1,871 slices) of the male cadaver from the Visible Human Project. The animation was played fullscreen on a computer, which was moved around by an assistant while being photographed in a dark environment. The resulting images are long-exposure “light paintings” of the entire cadaver. Variations in the movement of the computer during each exposure created differences in the shape of the body throughout the series. [#]

This is the actual animation used for the light painting (you can full screen it and do you own photos with it):

If you could freeze the scene in the middle of one of their exposures, this is what it might look like:

What are people going to think of next for computer-aided light painting?

12:31 (via Laughing Squid)

  • Clint

    Amazing idea! more more more!

  • Franz Taptanium

    Really cool! I love the scan video. It’s awesome to carefully slide through and see all these body parts from inside.

  • Aaron Stidwell

    I’m doing this!

  • Bri

    great idea!

  • Jorge Fuentes

     I tried it and its amazing! to see a body appear on the long exposure from running the video, O.o

  • Tommy

    Just tried it for the first time… didn’t come out as well as the ones above but a good start. T