• Elvin Ou

Light as Art 01

Updated: Sep 12, 2019

Capturing light effect


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The light effect is captured in two parts: the effect on the material (glass) itself and the effect on its surroundings (table top). The photos and videos are taken indoor with me holding a flash light going up and down into a whisky glass.


There was always a time when we were so amazed by the light pattern the glass is making on the table when light shines through it. I am very intrigued by the unexpected excitement the effect gives emotionally and also the visual itself.


This light effect is incredible in the way that the aspects of the material are exaggeratedly revealed through light, the transparency, the reflectivity, the repetition, layering and cylindrical features in its form etc. Then the location of the light source brings another layer of excitement in this by bringing the light effect in motion. I just thought it was wonderful that such a daily life object would bring the unexpected excitement to us with just a little bit help from light.


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From there, I decided to explore the second part of the assignment with a focus on layering, turning and moving.

The color I was assigned was this really dark navy color that was extremely difficult to find. I knew that I wanted to experiment this exercise with layering materials so that i needed to find something that is transparent or translucent. I figured that I should go explore in the acrylic store and find my color. From there, I was trying really really hard to look for acrylic that is in that color but failed. My final solution was actually layering a black acrylic inside a navy acrylic which actually turns out to be a pretty similar color.


The experiment illustrates how difference the light effect could be depending on:


the color of the material.

the shape of the material.

the length of the material.

the distance from the light source to the surrounding surface.


These are the experiments I did:


1. I layered three hollow acrylic rods together inside out ( round black, round navy and transparent ) placing them horizontally. The inner two rods were moved sideways to see different light effect.


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2. I layered three hollow acrylic rods together inside out ( round black, round navy and transparent ) placing them vertically. The outer transparent rod was moved up and down to see different light effect.


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