Andrea Riezzo creates light-painting images with inspiration, creativity and technique.
Influenced by the works of Eric Paré, an artist from Montréal who creates suggestive images in the studio and outdoors with Kim Henry, Andrea chooses to project sensations and techniques in his own territory, Salento, in a unique and strongly evocative way.
Since 2017, this work has garnered curiosity and favor from the public. Light-painting is in itself a suggestive technique. The place where the photos are taken is completely dark and the framed subject is surrounded by a moving light source. Usually, flashlights are used and it is called painting because, just as an artist paints with a brush, the artist/photographer draws the movement of light through these particular lights.
Collaborations and publications
For Andrea the ideal set of Sublument is among the hidden shores of Salento. Here the human figure finds a perfect natural frame. The emotion is contagious and involves not only artists and photographers. In 2018 a couple of tourists in Salento for a holiday asked Andrea to make a unique photo shooting with this very particular technique. It was only the beginning.
Sublument's work begins to attract international professionals as well. This is the case of Alexis Fawx, who flies from Las Vegas to Salento to collaborate and play with light at night. Amateur Photographer Magazine features Andrea in an article dedicated to light-painting as one of the six leading experts in this technique.
With great surprise, the photographer finds himself next to his inspirer and teacher Eric Parè (Canada). Among others, there are important personalities of international photography: Daniel Gonzàlez Garcia (Mexico), Dennis Wolf (Germany), Rod Evans (Australia) and Katrina Brown (USA).
Nature does not discount: Man decides its fate. Andrea has chosen to tell it with photographic works of art, bravely facing the challenges of the future and choosing a unique point of view with an exceptional brush: light.
Development of the project Sublument
Andrea Riezzo's light-painting and his Sublument project reach its peak in September, when the beaches are no longer besieged by tourists but the mild climate and a light breeze coming from the sea offers the ideal atmosphere to create unique shots.
The voice spreads like the moving light in Andrea's shots. So many people come in Puglia to discover enchanted and hidden places, where the night acts as the background to dreams and emotions. A love story, a path to find each other, an experience, a journey to a distant country... All this is told by Andrea with a technique that transforms light into shapes and geometries, thanks also to the long nights spent on the beach shooting with his friends.
Another very special tool that the artist knows how to masterly juggle in light-painting are the pyrotechnic effects, the "fountains of light" and the sparks used in parties. They give a unique effect and enrich the designs made with light tubes.
Finally, the most "extreme" tool such as steel wool. In this technique, the play of light is dictated by fire, for a more dramatic effect given by the steel made incandescent.
Avoiding human footprint
Light pollution and the increasingly pressing human footprint can threaten the yield of a good photo. In order to obtain the unique suggestion that only light-painting shots can give, only the stars need to be around.
This is just the beginning of the journey. Today there is a new stage, fundamental not only for the life of Andrea and the Sublument project. With the new website dedicated to the project, now the idea is to spread photographic works of art created with this technique through NFTs.
Thus, these evocative shots will not only be the result of a commission but will be recognized as digital works of art and the new website accompanies this challenge towards the future.
Light pollution, on the other hand, disturbs the composition and "extinguishes" the magic that is revealed in front of the lens. In addition, there are times when it is not possible to take a photo outside, because the beaches are full of tourists. Human footprint therefore plays an important role and not just as the subject of the photos.
Sublument's works of art are also an invitation to preserve the charm of Salento, to really make it available to the whole world. Nature does not discount: Man decides its fate. Andrea has chosen to tell it with photographic works of art, bravely facing the challenges of the future and choosing a unique point of view with an exceptional brush: light.
The Sublument project is ready to face the present and the future with an extra momentum, strengthened by its story.