Lux Nocti is a series of photographs depicting landscapes of North America within the framework of traditional landscape photography but influenced by ideas of planetary exploration,19th century sublime romantic painting, and science fiction. We are overwhelmed everyday by beautiful images of the familiar. Reuben Wu imagines these scenes transformed into undiscovered landscapes which renew our perceptions of our world.Each image is a carefully-planned scene consisting of multiple lighting positions to produce a theatrically-lit composition.
Using the GPS-enabled aerial light/drones in specific positions in space, Reubes was able to produce moods of drama and tension through use of chiaroscuro, and the ability to illuminate isolated features of a scene and exclude unwanted elements.
These are abstractions of the landscape photograph, or ‘portraits of the landscape’, drawing the attention of the viewer only to the illuminated, in an otherwise overwhelming and vast picture.
Reuben Wu is a freelance photographer, music and film producer.