light calligraphy

My Experience in Light Calligraphy with Karim Jabbari & The Ara Gallery

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Today I joined a workshop that was organized by The Ara Gallery about Light Calligraphy by one of the most known Arab light calligraphists and street artists, Karim Jabbari.

We went in not knowing what to expect exactly, but the experience was amazing! And Karim is so passionate about this form of art that you can’t help but to ride on his wave of enthusiasm!

The workshop was outdoors at the area right outside The Ara Gallery in Downtown Dubai, between 6-9 PM. Thank God it was a time friendly to us corporate slaves so I finally could join one of their so many interesting workshops! But the workshop was held at such a time specifically because light calligraphy is best practiced during the night so that the lights being used can be distinguished clearly in the artwork made.

The workshop started with Karim taking us through the right camera’s configuration and setup that would help capture the right aspects of light calligraphy and the scene we were making, he then shared with us some of his artwork and explained the different setup he did for each. Needless to say, his artwork was simply mind blowing!

Karim then gave each of us a flashlight to use for the workshop, and explained that the sense of light calligraphy is basically to draw the words we want to write as if our flashlight was our brush, having the air as our canvas, BUT, the tricky part was that we’ll have to write in a mirrored effect so it can be reflected correctly on the camera! Not easy I tell you! Let me try to show you how does a scene typically look like:

light calligraphy scene

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