“Festival of Lights” is a series of images that were all photographed at raves throughout Southern California, mostly Los Angeles. In this series, I wanted to capture the experience of a rave. In my youth, I was an avid raver. Now that I have a child and am more responsible, I only experience the true essence of the rave environment through long exposure photography. As opposed to seeing these images through the use of drugs, I choose to see them through the long and organic exposures of my lens. To me, these images last longer than any drug experience from an event like this. I am amazed at how stunning all of the lights look in the final images. These images were captured without a flash. All the lighting was done with whatever was in the environment of the rave, i.e. glow sticks and other rave lighting toys. 

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