Playing With Light

OCTOBER 2022 – In a dark room, the traces of a torch form the handdrawn image of a human body. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Many years ago I saw a photo in TIME Magazine of an awesome light drawing by Pablo Picasso that he created in the late 1940s. I had always to explore this technique but for some reason I never tried it. With Halloween approaching, I took my camera to our dark master bedroom for a fun shot. But unlike Picasso, I did not want to appear in the image.

All I needed was a tripod, a very long exposure time and a torch. I simply followed the traces of my body and was amazed about the stunning results I could achieve after just very few frames. The image above looks really scary.

It’s super fun and simple to do and I will work on my technical skills (as well as my drawing skills, haha.)

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time27-OCT-2022, 20:22
LocationUnterhaching, Germany
CameraCanon EOS M6 Mark II
LensCanon EF-M 22mm f/2 STM
Exposure32 sec at f/22
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6768 x 4512 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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