Lonely Planet Writer

Have a look at this stunning street art a French artist is creating with light projections

A talented French photographer and street artist is creating fabulous light projections around the world. Philippe Echaroux is a 33-year-old artist from Marseille, who uses light as a medium to create ephemeral art with meaningful messages, calling the project Painting with Lights.

Painting with Lights - Marseille is part of Street Art 2.0. Image: Philippe Echaroux
Painting with Lights – Marseille is part of Street Art 2.0. Image: Philippe Echaroux

“I think an artist is a person who creates his own way of expression,” he tells Lonely Planet, ” and I wanted to create my own way of doing street art. As a photographer, light is my favourite tool so I decided to use it to make some street art. I called it Street Art 2.0 because I use technology instead of spray paint.”

Painting with Lights - Tree Octobre 2013 Barcelona is part of Street Art 2.0. Image: Philippe Echaroux
Painting with Lights – Tree Octobre 2013 Barcelona is part of Street Art 2.0. Image: Philippe Echaroux

Philippe also did some work in Cannes during the International Film Festival. He says that it was a very nice experience as he could take time out to make street art at night and discuss it with the people who were seeing it. “Cannes is kind of crazy,” he says. “What I like the most as a portrait photographer is being quick and for my subject not to have the time to think, so it is using instinct only. Cannes is the perfect place for this as everything is so stressful there, so it is a really good experience in a portrait photographer’s life.”

Marseille Mars is part of Street Art 2.0. Image: Philippe Echaroux
Marseille Mars is part of Street Art 2.0. Image: Philippe Echaroux

Philippe’s favourite project to date was the street art he made in the Amazon Rainforest, highlights of which were meeting the Surui Indian tribe and receiving a warm welcome from the people he encountered.

To examine Philippe’s work and light street art further, check out www.pays-imaginaire.fr