Light painting. Who would have thought that there would be such a thing. Aurora Crowley is a true artist when it comes to his unique photography style. It is a technique that needs to be mastered and we can only say that he is a true master at light painting. Tahereh Mafi’s debut novel SHATTER ME was enveloped with Aurora’s talent and the cover was born. Learn more about the photographer behind the SHATTER ME cover art and how it all came about in the following interview.
Im 6th generation NYker who has been allured to the arts from as far back as I can remember. Photography came in the picture around 1995 when I was working at Bumble and Bumble as a hairdresser on photo shoots and the photographers kept missing so many great shots of the hair i quickly grabbed a camera and started the practice. It wasnt until 1996 that I learned about light painting from brother Patrick Rochon and have since diligently been practicing and investigating possibilities with this new art form.
Light painting is a fairly new art form “under 100 years old” Its basically long exposure photography where everything and everyone is your canvas including open space…Light painters do not need a physical canvas to create a light painting since we can carve a three dimensional form with light in mid air.From what i understand Harper Collins team and Tahereh Mafi were drawn to my work for Shatter Me series since light painting can show how many imagine what “energy” looks like if we can see it and the character in Shatter Me has this incredible super power so the technique is perfect.
Every Light painting shoot is a challenge for me in many ways. Firstly the physical involvement…Its like doing aerobics in the dark! Secondly, Light painting someone for long exposures is always a hit or miss if model moves the image of them will be blurry so you have to do it again and again until you nail it then its magic!
I am a concept machine! I cant get them out fast enough especially now some of the concepts are getting too big to do alone. Shatter Me art direction was collectively decided by everyone from Harper Collins team and Tahereh Mafi. Alison Donalty, Ray Shappell and Tara Weikum from Harper Collins worked very closely with me to see what was actually possible mixing light painting techniques to present the essence of the character.
We shot the second book as well. Im not sure.. My focus is art, I have so many investigations going!