Most of us are  aware of how light paintings are made; a camera takes a long exposure image of a dark space, in which people with glowing objects move about to create luminescent shapes in the image. While the method and final results are familiar to us, we rarely see the in-between stages in which artists awkwardly maneuver their “brushes” across an invisible canvas, hoping they leave their illuminated mark in just the right places.

In this video, artist Vicki DaSilva—a fine art photographer specializing in Light Graffiti—”paints” her images of New York City with the name of the Bring to Light festival, a free showcase of site-specific installations of light, sound, performance and projection art in streets, parks and on the industrial waterfront of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The festival takes place simultaneously with other Nuit Blanche events—which support artists producing urban installation work and nighttime events—in cities around the world on October 1st.