Offbeat Video

By Joseph Mcfarlane

A clever artist has found an innovative way to make use of sunlight in his work.

While traveling the world, Michael Papadakis found himself high on the Pamir Plateau in Central Asia, where he felt “so close to the sun he could almost touch it.”

Inspired by his stunning, Silk Road surroundings, Michael discarded his traditional pencils and brushes and used a magnifying glass as his tool of choice.

Michael, also known as @Sunscribes, now uses an array of mirrors and lenses to focus the sun’s powerful rays onto materials like wood, paper and stone.

He calls the process ‘Heliography,’ which means ‘writing with the sun.’

Among his recent collection of works are an awesome sun portrait of the Statue of Liberty, the US Capitol building and various animals like dogs and birds.