LA Photographer Eric Curry’s series American Pride and Passion is just beautiful. Each piece is achieved using a very simple technique: The scene is staged in darkness, a camera positioned to record it, and different parts individually illuminated—say, with a flashlight—while a long exposure is recorded. The many resulting images are composited in appropriate software, and with considerable artistry, to create the glowing, ethereally-lit finished pieces.

This video nicely illustrates the process. Besides his evident talents as a photographer, Curry is a fairly skilled narrator, and a pleasure to listen to. Apart from vast patience, all that’s really required to do what he does is a digital camera and a computer with basic photo-editing software. [via]