These brilliant dresses are made entirely of light

Using a remote camera trigger and some very special brushes, art photographer Atton Conrad has created a truly luminous sight: evanescent gowns composed entirely of photons.

You've probably seen something similar to Conrad's work before; "light painting," as it's called, is a distinctive and widely practiced photographic technique.

But images like the ones featured here showcase how the London-based artist has elevated this technique to something with more subtlety than a simple trail of light, caught on long-exposure. Conrad writes of his process:

It started with light trails, but grew far beyond that, as I developed my methodology and custom designed "light brushes" I realized that the techniques could give me incredibly fine control over light and texture, to an unique, almost hyperreal result. I have always been known for my classic lighting, and still take great pleasure in it, but this took it in a completely fresh direction.

I love technology, I have used photoshop for over a decade, but there is a certain quality I want to create that is unobtainable by the usual route alone.

You'll find an extensive collection of Conrad's work on his website, but we've included a few high-resolution versions of our favorites below.

All images courtesy of Atton Conrad — click to enlarge

These brilliant dresses are made entirely of light

These brilliant dresses are made entirely of light

These brilliant dresses are made entirely of light

These brilliant dresses are made entirely of light