Watch: Artist hopes landmark work will delight SPECTRA fans in Aberdeen

An international artist is aiming to help people see some of Aberdeen’s landmarks in a new light.

Peter Medlicott, AKA Sola, who describes himself as a light graffiti artist, uses photography and lighting techniques to create stunning, eye-catching images.

He sets up a camera and exposes a scene for about 30 seconds while moving lights in front of the camera to create a light form or sculpture.

And Sola is now working on 10 images of sites around Aberdeen to be displayed as part of the SPECTRA festival next month.

Artist Peter Medlicott –
or SOLA – at St Nicholas Kirk.

He said: “I’m going all around the city to some well-known spots, but also to some lesser known and everyday spots to create these light painting images.

“I love it. I’ve been here once before for four hours for a meeting, so it’s really nice to be able to come and look around the city and really get into the place. It’s full of history; it’s full of amazing buildings, so it’s really perfect for what I do.

“Footdee is the first place I was drawn to. It’s a beautiful place. It’s the mix of old and new industries that I think is really interesting.

“We’ve also been to Marischal College and various other sites around the city; the docks, just all over the place.”

Sola’s work features in publications such as Vanity Fair and he has produced adverts for firms such as Nike.

He said: “I make this work for me primarily, because it makes me go ‘yes’ and it gives you that excitement.

“It’s even nicer when the public see the work, whether it’s in person or online and they can get to enjoy it.

“It’s all real. There’s no computer tricks. What’s really nice is when people look at my work and go ‘wow’.

“It’s a really rare emotion for people just to go ‘wow’ these days when they’re looking at
a piece of art – just those moments when people look at it and enjoy it for what it is.”

Sola emphasised the importance of festivals such as SPECTRA in getting people involved in art.

He said: “I think it’s really important that these festivals bring people into the city and they bring people in to the world of art.

“It’s not about galleries, stuffy galleries where you’ve got to know what you’re talking about or you need to know the history.

“This is about being accessible and about being impactful. You can come along to SPECTRA and look at these amazing light installations – and there’s a whole range of different works – and enjoy it.”

This year’s SPECTRA runs from February 8-11 across Aberdeen city centre.