Darren Pearson aka Darius Twin by day is an illustrator for True Religion clothing making many of their graphic tees, patches, embroidery and graphics. By night he is a light painter, using the city of Los Angeles and the air that surrounds him as his pallet. Painting the city in all different shades of neon and bringing to life desolate areas of the precious locations he finds on his after hours explorations. Here is an interview revealing what’s up with Darren Pearson …
What is overrated culturally right now? What is underrated? Celebrity is overrated. Education is underrated.
Who is an artist that you recommend the people reading this interview have on their radar? This guy Jeremy Ville is awesome.
What is the best advice you have been given that you constantly remind yourself? Never give up.
What is your spirit animal? A hawk.
What got you into light painting? I saw a photo by Gjon Mili of Pablo Picasso drawing a centaur with light in 1949, it made me realize it was possible to etch on space with light. It was like “who killed roger rabbit”, but the cartoons didn’t need any post production, they’re real!
What is your favorite color light? And in what photo do you bring your favorite color of light to life best? I like RED light, it always catches the eye, and it’s aggressive …
Explain your set-up/gear for a basic night out light painting the town? I try to pack light and not bring anything cumbersome so I can hike into locations without making too much noise or being clumsy. Typical set up is a Canon 7D, 24mm nikon lens, sturdy Tripod, and a good LED light-pen or two.. Possibly a spotlight and multi-colored gels which I carry in a backpack and bag.
How has your work progressed? Can you show and explain an example of something you did years ago and something more recently? It got more complicated. I was experimenting at first, seeing what proportions worked, how the colored lights reflected off of different surfaces, and how to work the technical process of shooting long exposures. Here is a past example of my work taken in January 2008:
Now I have a better understanding of space and proportions, how long the moon takes to light an environment, and how to balance the subject I create within the frame. Here is a present example of my work taken in April 2012:
Always out on the go you are constantly exploring the city. What is a precious spot you recently stumbled upon in your light painting adventures? Sunken city in San Pedro is a pretty cool place …
Tell us a story behind your favorite light painting project: I hiked 11miles in a day carrying camera gear & camping gear through Yosemite Valley, up and over Cloud’s Rest, and set up camp at the base of Half Dome. And shot this photo:
The next day I hiked another 10miles with hurting knees holding onto two walking sticks for leg supports. I wouldn’t do it again, but I’m glad I made it back, and my knees aren’t killing me now.
Watch a video with Darren Pearson in our creative series “Profiles”
Follow Darren Pearson’s work on his regularly updated Darius Twin Flickr profile.