Have you ever had the feeling that you predicted the future by something you’d photographed? With this light painting image, it seems like Jason D. Page knew something before the rest of us. He took this photo as a single frame, using different tools from Light Painting Brushes. He recently published it and noted that it looks a lot like coronavirus. The funny thing is that it wasn’t inspired by the current situation – it was taken two years before it!
Jason shared the photo on his Facebook profile, and I read that it was taken way before the pandemic. That left quite an impression on me and I kept coming back to this image. I just love those “fortune telling” moments! I know they’re all coincidences, but really, what were the odds for something like this?
It’s probably worth noting that different kinds of coronaviruses have been around for a while. Still, not everyone knows how they look. In fact, I believe that most of us have only seen what coronavirus looks when the pandemic broke out. I know I did, and so did Jason. This is why I noted that his image wasn’t inspired by it.
Anyways, Jason took this photo a little over two years ago in his favorite State Park, Jonathan Dickinson in south Florida. “When I am out in these locations alone at night my imagination runs wild,” Jason tells me. “Sometimes I feel like I am tapped into something different (I have no idea what).” Personally, I can totally relate to the feeling.
Since Jason has spent his time at home lately, like most of us, he’s used this time to clean up and organize his hard drives. Then he came across this photo. “I thought that’s odd how relevant it is to today. I never shared it because I was just experimenting with different orb designs and at the time I didn’t really like it,” Jason tells me, jokingly adding that maybe someone was trying to tell him something back then.
As for the technical details, Jason took the photo on a Canon 6D, at ISO 100, f/9, and a 98-second exposure. It was taken as a single frame, and he used the Red Collapsible Light Sword and Yellow Opaque Light Writer to draw the orb and the details.
Like I mentioned, I doubt people can predict the future (only The Simpsons can do it). But isn’t it interesting to see a coronavirus light painting created way before the pandemic? I think that amount of coincidence is brilliant on its own. Make sure to check out Jason’s website for more of his work, and follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.