For more than 20 years, the fine art photographer Harold Ross has been making images using a technique known as “painting with light,” which involves casting light on and around subjects in the dark during a time exposure. Mr. Ross, who also does commercial and studio photography, prefers to call the process “sculpting with light.” Using a Phase One Back on a Hassleblad for still life photographs and a Cambo Wide RS for landscapes, he spends hours creating his images, which look like oil paintings, rich in color and depth.
“Photography, by its very nature, is born of and lives in the technical realm,” Mr. Ross said. “The use and control of light is at the very core of my work. Like many photographers, I make images by adding light to darkness, but I do it differently.”
He sees his “Night” work, above, as a contradiction between a real scene and the artificiality of lighting. For Mr. Ross, the process is about curiosity. “What will be revealed? I can’t previsualize the images, as the light doesn’t exist until I build it up. It really is a gathering, or coalescence, of light.”