Some artists paint with a brush on canvas, but artist Janne Parviainen is a little bit different. To create his magical portraits, the Helsinki-based artist chooses to paint with light without using any digital post-processing. He sets up very long camera exposures and develops his drawings by moving different lights in specific patterns within the camera frame. As a result of his movements, spirals of light form mysterious figures that emerge out of the darkness.
The artist's compositions seem to reveal another reality that is hidden from our everyday sight, as if we are seeing the Matrix through Neo's eyes. His concepts produce an eerie sensation that there are ghostly figures all around us. Parviainen likes to use mummies and skeletons to elicit unexpected reactions to the oddly placed human forms. “By using these figures I can add more humane stories into my photos and alter the cultural, learned feelings they cause in the viewer of the photo,” he explains.