Chris Noelle aka Tofa is a lightwriting photographer based in Linz, Austria. Working with number of commercial clients and magazines, he´s into lightwriting since 2003. His main focus is in urban photography as well as experimental art and multimedia-fusion. His distinctive style has its roots from a passionate mixture of streetart, projection art and urban space photography.
Chris started his practice in lightwriting in 2003 by an influence of Netherlands art-collective Pipslab. In 2005 he collaborated with wellknown urban-art activists Akim and Zasd in a lightwriting session that lead to a very personal interest.
It was only three months later when he had his first fashion-series publication in the international magazine Streetwear Today. His main focus is in photography is on lightwriting since that, a special technique of longtimeexposure photography that combines traditional photography with elements of accentuated lightstrokes and graffiti.
His explicit style has led to works for Sony, Carlsberg, Lacoste, Red Bull, Carhartt and publications in IdN, Die Gestalten Verlag, Page magazine, Frame, FastCompany, Weired UK, Art magazine and his fashion-series have been featured in Streetwear Today and JPeople, shortfilms and photos in IdN (China),TV-Reports for Arte and ARD and also include many individual art-concepts like the Kuka KR16 ligtpainting robot exhibited at Ars Electronica Center.
Chris is fascinated by merging the digital world and reality, also working on realtime generated lightpainting videos and animationsHis works are combining show a clear concept for new compositions which he is also passing forward in university lectures and workshops.