Perfected by artist and image-maker Bill Pack, “Painting with Light” is a technique in which illumination is applied to a subject by moving a light source over its surface while taking a long-exposure image. It’s more painting than photography—a process of layering and sculpting with light that enhances a car’s shape and lines, makes details pop against the blackest of shadows, and reveals the design intent and emotion behind each classic car’s form. 

More emotional than the typical big-box lighting of traditional commercial car photography (which tends towards a pure historical record), in “Painting with Light,” the soul of the machine is exposed and car becomes art—the high drama of Caravaggio, in chiaroscuro, sumptuous and craveworthy. Each handcrafted image celebrates the unique characteristics of a car’s design, each distinctive sightline and detail highlighted.

People who love automobiles know, a car is never just a car. It’s a vessel for story. A sense-memory of an era long past in leather and metal that begins with a designer’s vision, and continues as the vehicle is imprinted with the narrative of its owner and its passage through time and terrain. “Painting with Light” offers car enthusiasts (and anyone who loves design) a way to capture the beauty, essence and sentiment of their favorite make, model or memory.