The Milky Way glimmers in the background as Kim Henry dances within a surreal orb of light.
The Milky Way glimmers in the background as Kim Henry dances within a surreal orb of light. (Photo: Eric Paré)

When we last checked in with Montréal-based photographer Eric Paré, he and his partner Kim Henry were making waves in Mexico with their gorgeous bioluminescent light paintings. Since then, the pair have been traveling the world and experimenting with new techniques, including the use of plastic, tube-shaped lamp guards.

By inserting flashlights inside these inexpensive yet durable tubes, you can create what is essentially a giant glow stick — perfect for all your light painting needs.

Gold ribbons dance around Henry in this beautiful light painting.
Gold ribbons dance around Henry in this beautiful light painting. (Photo: Eric Paré)

Paré tells MNN that everything changed when they discovered you could use lamp tubes this way: "They quickly became our favorite tool, and we traveled with them for the rest of the year."

Here is an image from earlier this year, during their first "Signs of Light" photoshoot using the tubes:

The first 'Signs of Light' portrait created by the light painting duo,
The first 'Signs of Light' portrait created by the light painting duo, (Photo: Eric Paré)

"All of the pictures are lit by hand for 1 to 3 seconds each," Paré explains. "Kim is taking the pose, and I draw the light behind her. My camera is standing on a tripod, and I trigger it with a remote I have in my left hand."

You can get a better idea of how it works in this behind-the-scenes video below:


Want to learn more about Paré's work and techniques? Check out his Facebook and Instagram. In the meantime, continue below to see more of these psychedelic orb-like silhouettes in a variety of landscapes throughout the world.

'Signs of Light'
(Photo: Eric Paré)

This story was originally published in January 2016 and has been updated with new information and imagery.