Portal trick photo done with light painting

Tackyshack's "The Portal is a Lie?" is a beautiful trick "painting with light" photo -- a camera is set with its shutter open in a dark place, and small lights are used selectively to illuminate parts of the image, and to draw shapes in space. The photo simulates a person going through a portal from the game of the same name, and it's a rather ingenious use of the technique.

154/366 - The Portal is a Lie? (via Neatorama)


  1. It is a very nice idea.  I have to say, though, the portals have that “drawn using MS Paint” look to them :D

    1. I agree.  I think I’ll try a kevlar torch next time.  It’ll have less of a portal “the game” feel but will look great and still carry the spirit of the game.

  2. Seems like an awful lot of effort to create what appears to be a poor photoshop creation.

    1. That’s the point man.  To hell with photoshop.  People need to spend less time staring at screens and get active.  This is entertainment.  Photohop is work and physically lazy work at that.

  3. That’s cool and all, but this portal is a lie.  Portals cannot be placed ‘en plein air’.  That is, they require a solid surface.

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