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about


RUSSELL KLIMAS

Will make you swear it’s Photoshop

contact: lightandlense@gmail.com


 

A couple years ago I discovered the style of lightpainting photography. Since then, it’s kept me up late into the night- with new ideas, photoshoots and editing taking up a good chunk of my free time. Most of my lightpainting work is done after the sun goes down, and outside of my daytime work as a web developer (my sister jokes I’ve turned into a bat but I do a good Bartok impression) it’s my favorite way to spend my time.

Everything you see on this website was created without the use of Photoshop, which is a characteristic of my style of lightpainting. All photos are taken with long exposures, a few other handy devices besides my camera, and a lot of strategic planning. I love pushing the limits of what is capable in a photograph without using photo editing software. Approaching my photography this way pushes me to be better, create more interesting images, and allows me to spend less time behind a computer screen.

On a personal note, my desire to make lightpainting my full-time career was further increased when I was diagnosed with testicular cancer late in 2017. My love for lightpainting provided a ‘light’ at the end of the tunnel (pun intended) that I thought about everyday while receiving treatment and fighting cancer. After a long fight with a team of incredible doctors and the support of my friends and family, the cancer is in remission – since then I’ve decided to pursue lightpainting with more rigor than ever before. It’s going to be one heck of a ride.

 
 

PHOTO PRESS

Tedx Colorado Springs Sep 2019

Tokudane!, July 2019

DailyMail UK, February 2019

The Telegraph, February 2019

Petapixel, February 2019

DIYphotography, February 2019

SeriouslyPhotography, February 2019

DroneDJ, February 2019

Dronethusiast, February 2019

Petapixel, August 2018

DIYphotography, August 2018

SeriouslyPhotography, August 2018

Techeblog, August 2018

CLIENTS

Tedx Colorado Springs

Lumecube

Local Relic

Ants on a Melon

Bob Penkhus Dealership

Lee Spirits

ACCOLADES

Insta360 Young Gun Award

 

If it wasn’t for the sharing spirit that the lightpainting community has I would not be anywhere close to where I am today. So I wanted to thank those who have inspired and helped me along the way: Eric Pare, Zach Alan, Dan Chick, Paul Burns, Margarita Rubiera, Maria Saggese, Kirk Edwards, Tim Gamble, Rod Evans, Kris Foot, Phill Fisher, Gunnar Heilmann, and Sergey Savenko.