Laser Hack Paints Haunting Images On Phosphorescent Paint [Video]

Laser Hack Paints Haunting Images On Phosphorescent Paint [Video]

Daito Manabe has creatively used laser scanning to paint images that glow in the dark and then fade away.

Naresh Kumar
  • 20 january 2011

Japanese visual artist Daito Manabe has developed an ingenious way to use laser scanning to create haunting images across a phosphorescent screen that glow and then slowly fade into darkness. Manabe captured the image using an infrared camera which is then exposed on the glow-in-the-dark painted screen by the laser.

He elaborates on his technique:

The laser “paints” the image by beaming and exposing the screen point by point, producing a small area of luminous glow at a time. Due to the physical nature of the phosphorescent paint, each exposed area will glow but eventually fade back to its original state. Based on this simple fact, a representation with beautiful shades of tonalities/gradations/contrasts can be created by careful orchestration of the timing and direction of the laser irradiation/beam, rendering a transient and yet “photorealistic” laser image possible.

See his laser hack in action below:

Daito Manabe

[via Makezine]

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