Photos of Beams of Sunlight Bouncing Around a Room


For his project “Trace Heavens,” James Nizam found an abandoned property in Delta, Canada, and, with the government’s permission, sliced gaps and holes into a couple of the rooms. He then allowed sunlight to stream into the space in the middle of the day, and then used small mirrors attached to ball joints in order to direct the light beam around the room in various patterns.

The resulting “light sculptures” were then photographed using a large format camera. Nizam was able to bounce the light multiple times before it became too faint to capture, and for some of his pieces, he stacked multiple exposures for the shapes and patterns seen in them.






Here are some behind-the-scenes photos showing the work that went into creating just one of the pieces (the one with a single shard of light):

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You can find more of Nizam’s creative photography over on his website.

(via Art Sponge)

Image credits: Photographs by James Nizam

  • Daniel Lowe

    Somebody really, really understands the nature of light and how to capture this via exposure.

  • Kodachrome64

    I must not be as passionate about photography as this guy because I would rather not cut holes in a perfectly good house. Free country, I guess.

  • Warren Goodwyn

    Great series but that house is going to be drafty now.

  • Rolleiflux

    …Reminds me of James Turrell’s “Mendota Stoppages”
    Google it!

  • Tommy Sar

    That’s a fixer-upper.

  • Guest

    Did anyone else just picture Catherine Zeta Jones going through these like she did in E

  • Olivia Vivy Alatorre

    Did anyone else just picture Catherine Zeta Jones going through these like she did in

  • cindy f

    incredible things are born from passion, determination, ambition and pure intention . . . wow

  • Jer

    Pretty cool. Similar to what Gordon Matta-Clark has done with huge industrial buildings.

  • Dikaiosune01

    I don’t mean to undermine this artist’s work, or his intention behind his work. I would just like to generate some conversation and discussion on this. While this body of work looks very interesting and the effort and involvement involved is very impressive; it strikes an errie similarity to light painting.
    Does anyone see it too?

  • DamianM

    Great Photographic study.
    This is great work.

  • Jared Monkman

    that’s a good point, and they both require a great amount of skill and patience to get right!

  • Keiran

    To faint to capture is a typo.

  • Jazz D

    I think light sculpting is a good way to describe it, but yes it is similar.

  • Mers Pro

    Did he live there?