BTS: Creating the World’s Largest Light Painting Photograph


The photograph above is reportedly the world’s largest piece of long-exposure light art. It was created by light painter Michael Bosanko in a 35,000-square-foot aircraft hangar in Coventry airport in October 2012.

While it’s not difficult to find a larger space to create an even more ambitious photograph, Bosanko’s dedication is one of the impressive aspects of the piece: it’s a continuously drawn light painting project rather than a composite of multiple light painting drawings.

Bosanko drew everything in the photograph over the course of one hour while the camera’s shutter stayed open.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing how the photograph was created:

Bosanko, 41 years old and based in Wales, first started doing light-painting back in 2009 after accidentally knocking over a tripod during a long-exposure photograph of a landscape. Since then he has built up an impressive body of light painting work that features drawings of everything from flowers to aliens.

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Image credits: Photograph by Michael Bosanko

  • tiredofit123

    All I can say is…….Wow……..

  • tom

    very cool, would have been cooler if they left a plane there for scale

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    Agreed, without something familiar for scale a hanger looks much the same as a suburban garage.

    Still, impressive work.

  • miguel

    a spider has 8 legs… but he drew only 6?

  • Michael Bosanko

    The ‘6 legged spider’ is part of a running gag. Long story. As for leaving a plane in for scale, that would have been awesome. I really should have done that! :-D

  • Michael Bosanko

    I started light art in 2004, but ‘hey’… details, schmetails… :-D