This photographer beautifully captures the movement of music
This is the beauty and intricacy of a string player's bow movement. Ontario-based artist Stephen Orlando has created these stunning graphics by attaching LED lights to musicians' bows and then photographing them with a moving camera and long exposure.
1. Motion Exposure
Stephen Orlando's stunning series of images use a stationary performer and moving camera to capture trails of light within a single frame.
2. Just light and music
The photographer says each photo is a single exposure with no image manipulation afterwards. Simply light and the movement of music-making.
3. The contours of a Friedrich Seitz violin concerto
The LED lights and moving camera capture the bow movements of the finale of Seitz's virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2.
4. Varied articulation of the bow
Orlando's LED lights change colour as the musician plays, to give a sense of the flow of time within the exposure
5. Bach Cello Suite No. 1, Prelude
More bowing patterns, this time courtesy of the Baroque master's famous work for solo cello. Orlando describes this image as "a waterfall of light."
6. The Cello Suite, on another instrument
Bach's Prelude, played this time transcribed for the viola.
7. The shape of the viola
The movement of music, once again on the middle child of the string family.
8. More bowing patterns
More shapes as violist crosses the strings
9. Replacing bows for paddles
Do not be alarmed, no violins were lost. Stephen Orlando has previously worked with the movement of adventure activities, sports and cityscapes. Here's the movement of the kayak paddle, captured in the same way.