First LED light box

An image of lace and shadow

During late Spring 2019, I tried new ways of using lace and light in a way that satisfied some of my key words and followed my initial investigations into darkness and shadow. ​

I bought a wall mounted LED light box (think late night kebab shop illuminated menu board) to explore layering and shadow with a more controlled light source. ​I got very excited when I first set it up, hoping that lighting the lace from behind would reveal new ideas and shapes. ​To diffuse the lights I got some frosted polypropylene from Bonington shop and decided I wanted to have it curved. I draped some lace in front of it…

​ IT DID NOT LOOK GOOD..​.

I was SO disappointed. But I decided to try the lace behind the plastic. It blew my mind ​

The centre image shows the lace in front and behind. You can see that the lace behind the frosting is refracted and has an almost digital quality. ​As you move your perspective, you see the image break and almost glitch

Video shows laser cut lace behind polypropylene sheet

Nick Knight

I’d kept some pages from British Vogue 1996, a shoot by British photographer Nick Knight, using high contrast, saturated colour and very dark shadows. In another of his shoots for Vogue from 2004, ‘Shimmer’, shadow is used as a frame for the model.  (Click on the gallery for my comments)

I loved the way that the black was so saturated, and the colours were so rich as a result. I liked that the darkness was used as a prop in the ‘Shimmer’ photoshoot. I tried to use this technique to photograph some samples. I didn’t go much further with the idea of photography in this style, but the depth of shadows and the jewel colour palette has informed the entire project.