During the XVIII century many scientists worked in developing methods that could capture images rapidly and accurately. Henry Fox Talbot is considered the father of the most popular photographic process used, the negative/positive process, which was developed from his “calotype” invention in 1841. Between 1844 and 1846 he created the first series of photo-books called The Pencil of Nature executed by the new art of Photogenic Drawing.
The etymology of the word "photography" was created from the Greek roots φωτός (phōtos) "light"and γραφή (graphé) "representation by means of lines" or "drawing", together meaning "drawing with light" (Wikipedia).
Today, digital photography is based on the same principal to analogue photography: a light sensitive sensor that captures light and it is transformed instantly in to a digital algorithm that it can displayed on screen. However, the immediacy of this technique does not allow the understanding the process of capturing light and users focus only on the content of the image produced.
Light painting workshop is created to use new digital photography technologies while learning and understanding the basic principal of photographic process; to capture light.
The workshop is presented to children in a fun way: the workshop leaders will create a fictional story and children will have to illustrate the story by producing a series of images. The children will not see the photographs produced until the end of the session so that the work remains on mystery and wonder. At the end of the workshop the images will be revealed, thus retelling the story.
The aim of the workshop is to explore the basic concept of photography as been a tool that captures light by using the camera and light to create images in a different way. At the same time, it triggers the imagination of the participants who have to draw the content of the photographs to illustrate the story.