Light painted portraits to ‘honour’ festival visitors and raise funds for charity

A light painted portrait created by Norfolk photographer Jeremy Webb. Mr Webb will ‘honour’ visitors

A light painted portrait created by Norfolk photographer Jeremy Webb. Mr Webb will ‘honour’ visitors to the First Light Festival in Lowestoft as he runs a studio in a bach hut and raises funds for a local charity. Picture: Jeremy Webb - Credit: Archant

A Norfolk photographer is set to run a light painting portrait studio in a beach hut as part of the First Light Festival.

Jeremy Webb is one of eight artists who will be at the beach huts on Jubilee Parade during the festival, as he run a 24-hour light painting portrait studio from noon on Saturday, June 22 to noon on Sunday, June 23.

Described as similar to face painting with light, Mr Webb uses a range of coloured fibre optic lights and torches to literally 'paint' light around the face and features of the sitter during a 24-second exposure.

This method draws parallels with the Victorian seaside portrait studios of old, and the slow, timed exposures that photographers had to use in those days as the sitter will need to be static for several seconds in order to be recorded in clear detail.

Mr Webb said: "Light is my medium, it transforms the everyday, it reveals truth about the world, it can heal and give life and is the most powerful energy in the universe.

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"I like to use light in my portraits to 'honour' each person who visits my studio, and I hope that the experience of being 'bathed in light' will be just as much a part of the experience as receiving the printed portrait, once the festival has passed."

Anyone who would like a light painted portrait, or who is curious to see this process, is welcome to find Jeremy in the beach huts on Jubilee Parade for the duration of the First Light Festival.

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Visitors can drop-in to have their portrait painted in light for free with the option to buy a print afterwards, each of which will be individually edited.

Prints will be available in two sizes with more than 25 per cent of the proceeds being donated to Access Community Trust, a charity working in disadvantaged communities in Suffolk and Norfolk providing support with housing, health, wellbeing and education and employment.

Emma Ratzer, chief executive of Access Community Trust, said: "We are really pleased that Jeremy has chosen to support our work.

"There are lots of good connections between the arts and improved mental health so it feels like a great partnership that raises the profile and work of Jeremy and Access."

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