Moments and the Super Lunar Moon

In Light Art, Sand Drawings, Workshops by Jamie10 Comments

The Super Lunar moon and the Light Trails

The Super Lunar moon and the Light Trails.  Photographed by Sarah Boocock

I find it is important to look to the future so that we can develop ourselves and project where we want to be in time to come.  But I often feel that this is at the expense of now.  When I look back in the past, I do not remember what I wanted to be and where I wanted to go, I remember what I was, what I was doing, and who I was doing it with.  I remember the moment that was once my present.

The system

The system. Photographed by Thomas Wood

Every moment that we have is unique in itself even in the most subtlest form as it is always different and can never be attained again as the ingredients are never the same.  It may be as defined as twenty people drawing in the sand and the sky with lights under a Super Lunar Moon, or as undefined as a parents young child being another day older.  But these undefined moments are just as important and easy to neglect, they may seem mundane but I do not think they are as before you know it the ingredients that make this moment will no longer exist.

A ball of light in the sky and a drawing in the sand is fleeting, immediately epic and then gone.  But these subtle moments are also epic but deceptive as they are so prolonged.  A child may only be one day older today, but one day he will be a man, and one day that man will have fallen from the earth entirely.

Super Lunar moon and the Electric Brigade

Super Lunar moon and the Electric Brigade.  Photographed by Joel Ingham.


The fountains

The fountains.  Photographed by Thomas Wood

These drawings are a representation of cherishing the moment in its most obvious form.  Each stream of light is a person on the beach, each photograph is a person behind a lens.  But when I look at these photographs I remember the laughter of my friends as they moved the lights around on four meter poles, my wet feet, the lighting of a candle to a friend that has departed, the embrace of a friend that had fallen from my consciousness only to return, the jokes that passed over the walkie talkies, the beauty of the night sky, the candle lighting brigade, the fireball that singed hair on legs, the hot dog that was cooked up for everyone before we left the beach, the full moon.

Time is the most precious thing that we have to share and give to each other as one day it will run out.  It expresses itself in the moment in grand and subtle ways.  Enjoy them.

Many thanks to Andy Moss for collaboration on design, and for the drawings themselves Tom bolland, Hannah Bolland, Richard Green, Henri, Thomas Wood, Tim Curtis, Becky Sayers, Jonny Sayers, Rae Owen, Mike Copleston, Ruth, Joel Ingham, Sarah Boocock, Chris Owen and Samantha Yates.


The Super Lunar Moon and the cones of light.  photographed by Thomas Wood

The Super Lunar Moon and the cones of light. Photographed by Thomas Wood


Explosions of Light

Explosions of Light. Photographed by Thomas Wood


The super Lunar Moon and the domes of light

The super Lunar Moon and the domes of light.  Photographed by Thomas Wood


The super lunar moon and the fire ball

The super lunar moon and the fire ball.  Photographed by Joel Ingham


Fountains of light

Fountains of light. Photographed by Joel Ingham


The Triangle

The Triangle.  Photographed by Thomas Wood.


One stands still but eight are still moving

One stands still but eight are still moving.  Photographed by Sarah Boocock



Waiting. Photographed by Thomas Wood


The three moons

The four moons.  Photographed by Joel Ingham


Super Lunar Moon.  Photographed by Thomas Wood

Super Lunar Moon. Photographed by Thomas Wood


Interaction and bounce.  Photographed by Thomas Wood

Interaction and bounce. Photographed by Thomas Wood


Nest of Light.  Photographed by Joel Ingham

Nest of Light. Photographed by Joel Ingham


  1. Just looked at your blog pictures of the weekend event my son & daughter were involved in. Congratulations – the images recorded are brill. Well done to the choreographer and the cameraworkers.We hope you are pleased with the results of your endeavour.

    1. Author

      Now then John, it was indeed a lovely evening under the moon and with a bunch of lovely people! I can’t wait until the next one!

    1. Author

      Hi Craig

      It’s easy enough. Just put your camera on long exposure, between 30 and 60 seconds and shoot away. The camera will pick up the light as it moves, but the people will disappear from view. It’s important that the camera is on a steady tripod, perhaps hang a weight from it if needs be. Also, use either a shutter release device or put your camera on a timer start so that you don’t move the camera when opening the shutter. Depending on your camera, you’ll have to play around with the aperture and F stop.


  2. Hi Jamie,
    These images are hauntingly beautiful…they already communicate so much about moments in time and movements in space, lets get them dancing…Murf.

  3. Hi Jamie

    I love watching you explore and developing new ideas with the ice and sand. You seems to have a great group of people to work with. very inspiring…and nice writing in your blog also…I was remembering asking you to read me a story in our room in????blankenberg or Apeldorn??? anyway some time back in the good ol’days

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      Aye, it’s nice to experiment. The good old days! I’m in Colombia now and there are people here I haven’t seen for years, it is a great gathering of folk I have to say. Reading stories, that’s right, it’s nice to put a tune to a book now and again! It’s has been far too long since our last meeting Mr DuCharme!

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