Photographing Light Itself

Weddings. Not my favourite thing. Doesn’t help that, in one way or another, I lost a lot of my friends to them. I used to be part of a photography club, and we USED to take photos of interesting things. We’d go out on the weekend and just have a good time, taking pictures of nature, people (with their consent) and whatever else. Then they all started to get into wedding photography because of the money, and suddenly they’re too busy. And then there are all my young friends who got married at, like…19. We don’t talk about them.

Pardon me if I want to take pictures of things that you DON’T see every week. Who’s going to take pictures of Melbourne industrial LED lighting, for example? It should get more attention than it does considering how much energy they save.

Okay, that was random. I got the idea on a forum I frequent, which is fortunately not anything to do with weddings. People were talking about things that aren’t photographed often- really interesting discussion, actually- and one person suggested…light. It’s not like no one has ever taken a picture of light, but 99% of the time they’re perfect circumstances. A lovely looking sunbeam, or a gently glowing lamp. But then you take something like industrial LED lighting. No one takes pictures of that, because it’s like instant overexposure. Obviously I took that as a challenge, so now I’m seeking out the most powerful LED lighting I can find in Melbourne and seeing if I can get a really good shot of it without the whole thing looking totally washed out. I want to share my love of energy efficient lighting with the world, whether they like it or not.

Bit of a weird challenge, but I’m enjoying it thus far. Commercial LED lighting in Melbourne is an underrated subject. Certainly more so than weddings.

-Jesse