Jadikan: “Each image is the result of lighting choreography” | ECOSCIENCE

On the occasion of the science festival in Isère, the photographer Jadikan exhibited his works on Saturday October 8 during the “Art en lumière” workshop held at La Locomotive in Vizille.

The artist from Isère produces artistic performances at night using light sources to sublimate the scene. During this workshop, he invited the public to discover, create and share, around “light painting”, artistic performances of the night through photography and light..

His way of working

Jadikan does not like things that are too smooth, he likes to play with light and shadows, in order to “scratch in unusual reliefs”. This is why most of his work takes place in unused places.

When it comes to his deeds, Jadikan usually doesn’t think things through. He doesn’t prepare in advance and doesn’t necessarily scout. He goes to a place and “does it by feel.”

It develops shapes in the sky using LEDs or artifice, these shapes are pre-drawn by software.

He started by taking his remote drone pilot training in 2017, and then built a drone to launch fireworks remotely. Now he’s doing it all in smaller drones with a more reliable setup that takes up less space, so he can go with just a backpack.

When he has a commission, the person or organization that contacts him chooses the works he likes in relation to his theme according to the selection proposed by the artist.

The Musée de la Houille Blanche has placed an order for a one-year exhibition. ABOUT this eventJadikan had free rein, the only obligation was to create his works at the hydroelectric plant.

The 360° photos of this event allow the public to enter the work using a virtual reality headset. So you can look up, down and behind you.

Graphical research before the search for meaning

Jadikan has always wanted to bring the public into his works. That is why he became interested in relief photography. Loves photography but wants to work more on sharing and sharing by creating works that the public can experience. It therefore adds the relief side of light painting to the flat format that is photography.

Jadikan builds his works according to what he feels at the time as opposed to what he sees, it is a play of shadow and light, which is open to everyone’s interpretation, without any particular limit.

The artist likes the research side of the technique to see how far we can go.

The photograph does not make it possible to perceive the 3 dimensions of a “light sculpture”. As shown by his project. Light is not flatofcaptured the light from different angles by mounting multiple cameras in an arc, making the light “sculpted”. This is intended to show that depending on the viewing angle we do not see the same thing.

This is the story of a passion born from a mistake

A long exposure with a cigarette strip that lasts a little too long […] and then it became an addiction.


It all started with a photographic mistake while he was taking pictures at the MJC (Youth and Culture Centre).

What interests him is the photographic capture.

He researches with his friends to capture the lines of light, and thus recover the trace of light in space.

They made a photogrammetry* of an old fort to have a photo-realistic 3D model of the space. By modeling the place, they were able to advance a manual drawing thanks to the light. In other words, in a 3D space they were able to recover a gesture made by hand to be able to illuminate the decor.

Jadikan was not familiar with the concept of “light painting” and did not know that other people had worked on it.

He then learns the history of this discipline, which is first and foremost a scientific discipline before it is artistic.

* set of techniques that make it possible to determine the shape, size, position in space of an object from photographs – Larousse.

The Origin of Light Painting

In the 1840s, during the Taylorist/Fordist period, an American company used light painting to analyze workers’ movements in order to optimize them.

The arrival of light painting in France is in the Paris region. Etienne Jules-Marey (1830-1904) made the first long exposure tests in a chrono-photographic laboratory. It decomposes the movement of animals and people by having them walk perpendicular to the camera with a light that allows the person’s movements to be decomposed. This process works when the image is vertical, but when the person is coming from the front, nothing can be seen. To overcome this problem, he changed his process by placing lights on people’s shoulders and hips.

The artistic side of this practice developed in the 1950s with Man Ray when he created the first image in space writing where he wrote his name upside down in a frame.

Sharing and sharing

Jadikan shares her work during conferences for photographers or exhibitions in cultural centers. He becomes a mediator by sending texts with images and accompanying structures to explain his work.

He also wrote a theoretical book The secrets of light painting published in 2019 by Eyrolles editions.

In this book, he explains the techniques and knowledge that make it possible to create luminous works at night. This book brings together tips for developing movements, choosing light sources, or even mastering long exposure.

However, he emphasizes the fact that there is not just one way to do this. He shows his way of practicing light painting, specifying that it is not the only way, that there are no rules to follow.

Light painting is a very complex and still very little known practice, people don’t know what can be done with it. Jadikan shares his work because for him, even if people don’t understand the artistic creation, it is important that it is an accessible medium.

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