I recently joined a small group of photograpers who go out together during each full moon to use it as a source of light for long exposure night photography.
Luna Plena Luxography is the term I coined to describe it.
Luna Plena Luxography
Full Moon in Latin is "Luna Plena" and there is no direct Latin translation for the word 'photo', however the latin word for "light" is "lux." "Photo" is derived from Greek - the Greek word "phos" means "light." The word "graph" also comes from a Greek word meaning "to draw.", hence photography.Luna Plena Luxography literally would mean "Full moon light drawings", or full moon photography.
This photo was taken using the light from the full moon, helped slightly by the light of a passing train.
Initially the reason I started experimenting with long exposure night photography was to get some interesting images so that I could use them as a basis for very highly detailed small drawings in charcoal. The full moon not only lights the scene, but also of prime importance to me also lights up the sky and the clouds creating beautiful and eeire images.
A few years back, whilst in Melbourne, I had lunch with the artist Rick Amor and at the time he stressed artists should work in a variety of media, in his case paintings, drawings, prints & bronze sculptures.
So, this is the year my whole range of artworks could expand to include oil paintings, drawings, etchings, sculptures and now small photos in small editions. The sculptures are fun pieces, literally small piles of paint scrapings on mini plinths inside glass domes, as if they were highly coloured clouds that have landed.
The long exposure night photography started out as experiments towards getting images for drawings and now has me thinking that they should also used as photos in their own right?