Light Painting

(SANTA ANA, CA) – From May 18 to June 14, 2023, the John Wayne Airport Arts Program will showcase an electric collection of photography by Laguna Niguel artist Christopher Allwine. As a photographer specializing in the technique of light painting, Allwine’s creations explore the ways in which the camera can be used to tap into the visual and symbolic nature of the nocturnal scene.

Through the use of long exposure times – leaving the camera lens open for much longer than the typical second of a snapshot – and handheld light tools, he has the unique ability to augment nighttime scenes as if they were a blank canvas. Utilizing theatrical and cinematic techniques, he manages composition, creates mood, and leads the viewer's eye. Remarkably, all lighting effects are created in real-time and captured by Allwine’s camera. These images are not Photoshop creations, they are unique designs blending physical props with photographic innovation.

Luminous, striking, and intriguing, Allwine's progressive style of photography has been featured in art exhibitions throughout Southern California; predominately within the artist colony of Laguna Beach where he has been featured at all three of the city's major art festivals, including Sawdust Festival, Laguna Art-A-Fair, and the prestigious Festival of Arts where he has been an exhibiting artist for 5 years.

Allwine will debut his latest light painting series capturing the magic of the forest floor at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts this summer. To find out more about upcoming exhibits and to see more of Allwine’s work, visit

The entire collection of work is viewable pre-security. Paintings span from the upper Departure Level near security in Terminals A, B, and C and on the lower Arrivals Level by Baggage Carousels 2 and 4.

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