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Circular Light Paintings Nestle into Craggy Grooves and Valleys in Reuben Wu’s Unearthly Photos

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#deserts #landscapes #light #light painting #Reuben Wu

Circular Light Paintings Nestle into Craggy Grooves and Valleys in Reuben Wu’s Unearthly Photos

a circular light floats amid a rocky cavern

All images © Reuben Wu, shared with permission

Peeking out from rocky gorges, flowing through a thin crack in the terrain, and elegantly sweeping upward among layers of stone, Reuben Wu’s light paintings conjure the uncanny. The Chicago-based photographer (previously) has been working with the medium for about a decade, transforming nighttime scenes into strange, otherworldly vistas. His latest project, The Inner Landscape, continues this tradition as it positions small, orb-like geometries among craggy formations.

Commissioned by Apple and captured on an iPhone, the series departs from Wu’s earlier projects like Lux Noctis in that the photos frame smaller spaces. He writes on Instagram:

Many of the landforms I illuminated were very far away and massive. In a way, I was pushing the drone to fly as far as it could to create this seemingly impossible epic night scene…The Inner Landscape feels much more intimate, where I am closer, or in the midst of the subject matter. The scene feels almost like part of my own mind.

The juxtaposition of darkness and artificial lighting “intensifies this mood of unreality,” he says, and similarly contrasts the quiet intimacy of the spaces with the unfamiliarity of the compositions.

Find an extensive archive of Wu’s works on his site.

a streak of light curls above rocky towers

a circular light peeks out behind a rocky cavern

three orbs illuminate a green pocket of water amid rocks

a streak of blue light illuminates a rocky pass

a distant light flies in a rocky gorge

#deserts #landscapes #light #light painting #Reuben Wu

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