By Katy Cowan

When New Zealand-based photographer Andrew S. Gibson discovered that his friend ‘Tess’ owned an electronic hula hoop with internal lights that be programmed to flash different colours and patterns, inspiration struck and he decided to create this series of images that paint with light.

The ‘FutureHoop’, as it’s called, formed the centrepiece of these photographs and was whirled around in various movements by Tess, as Andrew snapped the pictures.

Taken at Massey memorial, set on a hill high above the city of Wellington as a remembrance to a former Prime Minister of the country, Andrew said: “The marble structure made a beautiful backdrop for the photos. We took these photos at dusk, trying to find the right moment when the light from the FutureHoop was bright enough to dominate the scene, but there was still enough light in the sky to illuminate the background.

“I used a Fujifilm X-Pro 1 camera and 18mm lens to take the photos. The camera’s shutter was open from two to four seconds for most of these images, giving the camera a chance to record the patterns created by the hoop as Tess moved it through the air.”

If you want to discover how to take similar pictures, visit Andrew’s website – – where he shares tutorials, ebooks and bundles to help you master your photography.

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