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Human Light Suit: A One-Man Band-style Mobile Photo Studio

Photographer Eric Schwabel was trying to think of a creative way to photograph the people at Burning Man, and ended up making a portable photo studio called the “Human Light Suit” for lighting portraits in the desert. It’s like the photography version of a one-man band!

Check out some of the resulting photographs in this interview over at Visual News and in this video:

Human Light Suit (via Visual News via Reddit)


Image credits: Photograph by Sidney Erthal


 
 
  • Austin

    Can I use this for street photography? 

  • http://www.skinnerphotographs.com Skinner Photographs

    I thought about doing something like this… it’s an awesome idea. I wonder if because it’s almost overkill it would help let people’s guards down on the street. Pretty sure everyone at Burning Man already has their guard down!

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

    Fstoppers posted it around 6 months ago. Still as enjoyable to watch today.

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    He looks utterly ridiculous, but some of those shots are outstanding. good for him. 

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

     He may look ridiculous, but he looks par-for-the-course at the Burn…  He probably got much more acceptance shooting there with this than if he had a regular rig. 

    Good on him..

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    I have to be honest, I’ve not heard of burn before, so I don’t know what the ‘norm’ is at the event, but as I said, the rig does look ridiculous but the results are stunning. Good on him for being willing togo out of his way to ensure all his pictures came out exactly how he would have liked. 

  • http://twitter.com/datnatikid datnatikid

    wow. those photos were awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Erik Kim’s wet dream! http://youtu.be/J9vI79uflMY

  • Anonymous

    Erik Kim’s wet dream! http://youtu.be/J9vI79uflMY

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    Andrew, the Burn is the event – “Burning man”.  Do a google image search for Burning man and you will see of what I speak… its a lot of creative wonderfulness (albeit it has grown far too big nowadays..)

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    Andrew, the Burn is the event – “Burning man”.  Do a google image search for Burning man and you will see of what I speak… its a lot of creative wonderfulness (albeit it has grown far too big nowadays..)

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    Andrew, the Burn is the event – “Burning man”.  Do a google image search for Burning man and you will see of what I speak… its a lot of creative wonderfulness (albeit it has grown far too big nowadays..)

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com bob cooley

    Andrew, the Burn is the event – “Burning man”.  Do a google image search for Burning man and you will see of what I speak… its a lot of creative wonderfulness (albeit it has grown far too big nowadays..)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1174835197 Casey Myers

    Maybe he could add a printer on his back and charge for prints, this way he could afford a shirt!

  • Matt

    BM 2000- http://www.akjak.com/sound-suit/

  • Matt

    BM 2000- http://www.akjak.com/sound-suit/

  • Yoav Zibin

    No currency is allowed in burning man. google about it :)

  • Stylons

    I also like his Video with all Burning Man Portraits of 2011 on STYLONS…it’s just fantastic, how he figured out to make those wonderfull photos at this dusty and hot place….lovit!

    http://stylons.wordpress.com/2011/10/18/eric-softbox-burning-man-portraits-2011/

  • Markseligernyc

    Sent to me by Morgan Norman:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVLqG5DIsPg
    And I also found this blog (read the whole blog)  on the Burning Man Web Site:
    http://blog.burningman.com/2011/12/news/the-ephemeral-architecture-of-burning-man/

  • Judy Taylor

    The guy eric schwabel is a big lie!

  • Troy

    The phot of his cover was not taken by Sidney, but was taken by his ex-boyfriend. schwabel is a big fat lie!