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Long Exposure Photos Transform Pacific Heights Into Pandora

glowstick pandoraSan Francisco, CA – Thursday, April 11, 2013

I grew up in New Jersey a few towns over from the original Mars M&M’s factory.  A lot of my friends parent’s worked there, and there was a common story that early on before environmental regulations were so strict the factory would dump excess candy coating waste colors (melt in your mouth not in your ground water) into a local stream.  A different color every day of the week.  The locals could tell what day it was by what color the stream was flowing.

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 7.18.36 AMIn my Charlie & The Chocolate Factory influenced mind, these photos are what I was imagining.

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 7.18.06 AMThe San Francisco based photography / multimedia team of Sean Lenz and Kris Abildgaard otherwise known as From The Lenz have taken long exposure photography to a new “otherworldly” place.  This isn’t writing your name or some winding highway at night.

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 7.12.36 AMThey drop Cyalume glow sticks into waterfalls and streams.  They shoot them with fixed cameras set to long exposure times (30 seconds up to 7 minutes).  After they collect the glow sticks, they check out their results.  And the results are nothing shy of amazing.

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 7.17.35 AMA series like this has never been done before.  After only 20 hours of launching the photos on their website they have gained 13.6 million views.

Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 7.17.23 AMScreen Shot 2013-04-11 at 7.19.15 AMYou can view more photos from their “Neon Luminance” series on their website by clicking here.

Editor’s Note: For any geography nerds out there, I just used Pacific Heights in the title for the alliteration, I have no idea where in Northern California or elsewhere these were actually photographed.

Written by Cojo “Art Juggernaut”

Written by
Cojo Art Juggernaut

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Artiholics, Art Sucks, and the soon to be launched podcast Artist In Repose, Cojo "Art Juggernaut" (Colin C. Jorgensen) is a NYC based artist, art writer, and occasional photographer.

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