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Meet Guillaume Plisson of Lightgraff

Today we’d like to introduce you to Guillaume Plisson.

Guillaume, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I began working as a press photographer in 1999, and since 2007 I’ve focused on a research which name is Lightgraff. The same year, I did the first book dedicated to this art which was published in France. Lightgraff is the art of painting with lights. Since a few years, the name “light painting” is used. It consists of using a camera at night and long-time exposure photographies in order to draw with lights. It is the same as night shots with cars on roads but here, I paint with lights to create pictures. I work all over the world for companies to develop this research in events, festivals, shows, exhibitions… The first public event was “the Nuit Blanche” in Paris, France, in 2007. There were others in different countries such as China, Brazil, Greece, Norway, Chile, Portugal, Indonesia… At the same time, I go on developing my personal art and narrative forms for exhibitions or new ways of expression. According to projects, this work federates artists and technicians in different fields: photographers, filmmakers, editors, cameramen, light creators, musicians, sound designers, computerists…leading to more and more ambitious creations.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
During the first years of this research, I had a lot of charges but no financing. I had to be cunning to have publications and visibility to go on. It was not easy. This work holds different difficulties: technical ones due to photography particularities, to the creation of ergonomic and powerful lights, used to draw in the air, in 3 dimensions, with ephemeral light inks… Another difficulty is that people think that my pictures are done with computer retouches but they are not. It’s an important point to appreciate my pictures.

Lightgraff – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am a visual artist. I propose performances and solutions destined to events and communication for pictures, films, virtual realities, shows…sometimes with the public. The experience acquired for ten years helps me to develop my creativity and to answer my clients’ needs. I am known for public live shows and my unique light participative performances.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
For me, success is here when my clients have been surprised by my work and satisfied by my choices.
In my artistic approach, I wish people wonder about our world, history, reality…

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