Painting Islands: Uniting Community with Art

Date: Saturday, April 30th
Time: 7:15 pm (we should be finished by 8:45 pm)
Location: Bennett’s Cove followed by snacks and get together after the shoot at the Hall.

Bring: Flashlight or camera flash - BIGGER and BRIGHTER is the best
Wear: Dark clothes and rugged shoes

Please bring your brightest flashlight - the brighter the better. Alternately, you could bring a camera with a flash, again, the brighter the better. Cell phones are not bright enough for this kind of photography - think BIG and BRIGHT.

Please dress in dark clothes, to hide yourselves in the picture.
All ages are invited - if you can wave a flashlight you can participate.
I'll bring a couple of extra flashlights for folks to borrow for the evening - so come even if you don't have a flashlight.

Here’s the plan and what to expect:
We’ll meet at Bennett’s Cove at 7:15 pm As folks arrive, we will assess their lights and consider where they would work best. I will convey the overall idea of how I”m attempting to photograph the scene. I will demonstrate the ‘fine art of light painting’ (better known as waving a flashlight ;). We’ll break up into teams and have each team cover a different location in the scene with a person designated with a walkie-talkie. Then everyone will get into position while there is still daylight, allowing them to see where they are going. Once in place, I do a few light checks to make sure everyone is hidden. Then we wait for sunset. After sunset, I’ll take a few photographs, adjusting the camera settings and people. Once I get a great shot, I take one more for good measure, then we call it ‘a wrap’. Afterward we’ll have a get together where I’ll share the results with everyone on my laptop.

I just want to emphasize how important it is for the community to participate. The goal of this project is to unite community with art. I really need everyone’s help to create this picture; this is truly a collaboration. We are creating this photograph together. I can’t do it without your community.

Thanks for helping, it’s going to be an exciting evening of light painting with festivities to follow.

Please feel free to email or call with any questions you may have.

Howie Motenko

Painting Islands: Uniting Community with Art

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.