Staircase Light Movement

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Light painting representing movements of a figure walking up and down stairs captured with a long exposure

Light painting representing movements of a figure walking up and down stairs captured with a long exposure

For my thesis exploration of staircases, I started by investigating how people move up and down stairs. I wanted to represent the movement as a fluid motion, so I figured the best way to do this was by using light. I attached LED’s to various parts of the body including head, arms, and legs, and then took long exposure photographs to capture the movement. The most interesting result was the difference in motion of the foot when ascending and descending. When walking up the shape is more rounded and arched, however going down the shape flattened. You can see in the images above, the change between the red and green lines on the steps. Also visible is the placement of the hand when moving up and down the staircase, as opposed to not using the rail at all.

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