Guest post by: @MollieShutt (Previously: @mollsterr__)
Who is this person with a funny name like @mollsterr__? [Now known as @MollieShutt] And what is this hashtag called #LightUpTheFort?
I’m a Fort Wayne native who will do almost “anything for the (Insta)gram.” My actual name is Mollie, but Mollsterr is the nickname given to me by my best friend, hence my Instagram name: @mollsterr__. I’m a blue-eyed, curly haired dreamer with a passion for photography (just ask anyone, I always have a camera with me).
That aside, #LightUpTheFort is a collection of photos created by local photographers that are “lighting up the Fort (Wayne)” with light painting. Light Painting is a technique that uses hand held light sources to selectively illuminate parts of a scene during a single photographic exposure. Below is a photo from the @igersfortwayne Instameet at The Clyde Theatre on Bluffton Road. Instameets are when local photographers get together at locations determined by the @igersfortwayne Instagram account.
I set up this shot and Megan (@meganhevel) kindly did the light painting for me:
After meeting local photographers David, Jon, and Kaci at previous @igersfortwayne meet-ups, I asked them if they wanted to go light painting. At night. In January. They agreed, and we got hooked on light painting. That night, we decided that we would collect our images under the hashtag #LightUpTheFort, and the hashtag has only grown from that night in January.
Since then, we’ve tried spinning steel wool, making light orbs, light trails, double exposure; pretty much anything light painting related. Below are two of my photographs of Christian Stout (@he_wants_revenge), spinning steel wool underneath a bridge, as well as some light painting he did in the Grand Wayne Center.
Now that summer is here (and almost gone), I wanted to kick #LightUpTheFort back into gear. In June, Megan and I went to Eagle Marsh and made the image below by spinning a flashlight in a circle and then illuminating where Megan was with an external flash to create her still image.
After shooting Pyroscope at Buskerfest, I reached out and got a group of locals to go out on a Tuesday night to make more images. Some phenomenal photos were made, so here are a few that showcase the creativity:
I’m sure we’ll be out making photos again this summer, but until then, have a glance at the other images under the #LightUpTheFort tag! Be sure to follow our progress and add your own images on Instagram under the tags #LightUpTheFort & #IGersFortWayne!
Keep an eye out for a pop-up #LightUpTheFort Instameet in September
*We couldn't but include a couple of our own persoanl #LightUpTheFort photos:
**Safety always comes before getting the shot, so use caution with fire when doing it for the ‘gram!