INTERVIEW WITH RAMSÉS PACHECO AND SASA LIGHTPAINTING
1. How and when have you discovered light painting?
Ramsés Pacheco: I discovered it more than 7 years ago in photography school, the subject was “photographic technique” but only as a slight exercise. From that day, the interest arose and in my mind detonated as an explosion the compositions that I could perform with strokes of light. It was very difficult for me because in my country nobody practiced it, it was a long way traveled but every effort in the end has its rewards.
Sasa Lightpainting: I discovered light painting two and a half years ago. I had always been attracted to night photography and, one of those days when I was surfing the internet, I suddenly saw a photograph that captivated me. It was a photograph of Pedro Javier Álcázar, aka “El niño de las luces” in which colors, shapes and figures made with lights did not resemble anything I had seen before. Immediately I started to visit his website (www.elninodelasluces.com) and this is how I discovered light painting.
2. How long have you been practicing the art of light painting?
Ramsés Pacheco: Three years ago I decided to lean on this form of artistic expression, where I discovered an innovative and original photography, a different form of expression in the world of the arts. Creating requires a lot of effort, dedication, being very constant in order to control the light and intervene on the canvas of darkness. Working in total darkness is difficult. It can take to develop a good photograph a couple of hours, still studying the strokes and the location. As lightpainters we have a double task to make a good frame and stand in front of the camera to make subtle strokes, create fantastic worlds and characters that can only be registered in our camera.
Sasa Lightpainting: I mentioned in the previous answer, it was two and a half years ago. After knowing the light painting through the works of “El niño de las luces” I began to know the groups of Flickr and Facebook addressed to the lovers of light painting. I met many great artists: Palateth, Janne Parviainen, Dana Maltby, Darren Pearson, Jason D. Page, Vicki Da Silva, Chris Thompson, Tim Gamble, James de Luna and many others. They played an important role in my beginnings because of the inspiration they gave me to know their works and since then I have done only photographs of Light Painting.
3. When and how did you feel the need to create this project?
Ramsés Pacheco: Personally it was difficult to ask for spaces in galleries and schools for the diffusion of light painting. I called many doors in many artistic institutions without achieving results. It was then that I felt the need to open a space of diffusion for anyone who is interested in knowing and learning light painting. Open a free expression space, a connection between professionals and beginners, dedicated exclusively to LIGHT PAINTING. I know that as it happened to me, in every country there are people interested in publicizing their work and learning from the hand of the best worldwide artists. I told the idea to the indicated person, my friend and great artist Santiago Salinas (Sasa Light painting) and a couple of months ago we began to elaborate the work plan.
Sasa Lightpainting: I met Rameses by chance through Facebook, we started talking about our photos and the situation of painting in Mexico. We agreed that it is a form of artistic expression little known and little practiced in Mexico and we decided to create the group “Light Painting Mexico” in Facebook, in order to promote light painting in our country. One day, in one of our conversations on Facebook, Ramses sent me an image. It was the cover of a magazine he had made. This would be the seed of what months later would be Light Art Digital Magazine. I loved the idea right away and told him we could kick that thing up, that we could do it. Ramses had seen that there was no magazine devoted to light painting in the world. There were long-exposure photography magazines, night photography magazines, but none dedicated exclusively to light painting. It was through this conversation that we had in November 2016, when we began to give substance to the idea.
4. Do you have a team of employees or work alone?
Ramsés Pacheco: For a big project we need a good team. We set about the task of finding the right people. In that search, we were joined by the outstanding artist Iris Cebrian (Shyroii) that together with Victor Martínez González and Santiago Salinas are responsible for the Translation area. We also count with Armando Ayala Pérez in the digital support. Within the structure of the magazine, Santiago Salinas is the Editor and I, the Publisher. In this first issue we were fortunate to count with the great talent of almost 50 artists, to whom we are very grateful to participate in this project and believe in us. From here we thank you on behalf of our team to: Alfredo (Frodo) Álvarez, Alexandr Gnezdilov, Antonio Martínez Tomás, Carles Domènech, Chanette Manso, Chris Bauer, Chris Thompson, Cisco Light Painting, Dan Chick, Dan Withaker, Dark Red Team, Denis Smith, Diliz, Eric Mellinger, Eric Paré, Gareth Nathan, Hugo Baptista, Ivan Lucío (Riders of Light), Jadikan, James de Luna, Jan Pohribný, Janne Parviainen, Jason Rinehart Mxing, Jason D. Page, Johnny Dickerson, Jordi Soriano (LSC Light Painting), José Luis Lozano, Mafu Fuma, Mart Barras, Mass, Nadire Günday, Ohdrey Pom’s, Omar Huerta, Palateth, Pedro Javier Alcázar “El niño de las luces”, Rob Turney, Santiago di Lorenzo. Sergey Churkin, Sven Gerard, Tim Gamble (Fade to Black) and Xanti Ferreras.
Sasa Lightpainting: The decisions about what is published, the design and how it will work Light Art Digital Magazine are taken by Ramsés and I collectively. It has to be said that we have made a very good friendship and a very good team and that we have very similar points of view on what the light painting is and the way we want to travel with this magazine, so generally the ideas are proposed by one of the two indistinctly, and the other almost always thinks it is a good idea.
5. Wishing you a great success for your magazine, will you make a special farewell to the readers of Light Painting Italy?
Ramsés Pacheco: Together with you we will grow light painting around the World. We will take you to every corner and position the light painting among the best expressions of art. Thank you for the great support, I wish the magazine is to your liking. I send a cordial greeting to your friend Ramses Pacheco. Together with you, we will grow light painting around the World, we will take it to every corner and position it among the best expressions of art, thanks for the great support, we want the magazine to please you. I send you a cordial greeting, your friend Ramsés Pacheco.
Sasa Lightpainting: First of all I want to thank you for offering us this space to talk about Light Art Digital Magazine and to greet all the Italian light painters who do great jobs and are inspiration for us all. Also, invite the general public to come to know this form of artistic expression and tell you that a good opportunity to do so will be the LPWA Meeting-up, to be held in Rome on March 3 and 4 (coordinated by Sergey Churkin and Maria Saggese), which will be attended by more than 30 artists from 10 different countries. Thank you very much and greetings to all of you. Sasa.