For Red Bull's action and adventure sports international photo competition, known as Red Bull Illume, photographer and expert light painter Patrick Rochon devised a photo shoot to capture the luminous motion of professional wakeboarders using specially customized boards with LED lights designed by Evan Jones.
With the help of wake riders Adam Errington, Dallas Friday, and Mike Dowdy, in collaboration with Snap! Orlando, Rochon spent three consecutive nights (from sunset to sunrise) photographing these athletes riding the waves in Orlando, Florida at OWC Cable Park, after it was closed off to public entry. The series of eye-catching images vividly capture the trails of motion in the water sport. They truly paint a picture of the wakeboarders' movements as they sweep across the water and perform their tricks. Rochon says “The boundaries dividing sport and art are blurred in this collaboration in an effort to capture the inherent emotion and creativity of athleticism.”
Rochon's images will be on display along with a video at Snap!, “a 4-day photography celebration showcasing the work of renowned international and national photographers, as well as emerging talent,” in an exhibition titled Motion to Light from May 2nd through May 5th.