Strapping a few lights to a drone then taking a long-exposure photograph can create some works of surprising artistry.
Some of our favourite light paintings are painstakingly etched with the human hand — such as— but getting robots involved seems to be increasing.
This project is not quite as awesome as astronaut Koichi Wakata's light paintings aboard the ISS, but it's still very cool.
The work of creative agency Fiction, the paintings were created by attaching coloured lights to a DJI Phantom. This was then flown around while a camera took a long exposure photograph of its movements. Photoshop was used to give the resultant photos a kaleidoscope effect.
The project wasn't for any particular campaign, but just for fun. "I've always loved the aesthetic of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I love how they used lights to imply the shapes of the UFO as opposed to spelling it out for the viewer. So I figured I would try to recreate a similar vibe," the Fiction blog reads.
We would say the project was pretty successful — the pictures have a strangely serene, yet alien feel. And there may be more at some point, too. "I want to strap the world's brightest flash light to it next and see what happens," Fiction said. "Maybe fly it through a forest like a UFO with a tractor beam."
You can view the rest of the pictures on the Fiction blog post.