Army life by Peter Zentjens

This is the most recent instalment of my Nostalgia series As usual, it was created with my “painted with light” technique that mainly exists out of long exposures and a lot of “painting” with a flash light.
Tutorials on my technique can be found here


  • Peter Hill
    Peter Hillabout 6 years ago

    Another wonderful addition to the series, Peter! Especially like the egg shell touch with the gas mask! I am going to give your tutorial a go, for sure !!

  • Thanks Pete, glad you like it!
    The egg shells turned out to be the most work. :)

    – Peter Zentjens

  • midzing
    midzingabout 6 years ago

    brilliant work Peter, well done

  • Thank you midzing,
    and thanks for that fav too!

    – Peter Zentjens

    PERUGINAabout 6 years ago

    Amazing Pete! Absolutely love the concept here – you know how i love to work thematically so this series is a hit with me!
    Congratulations on this addition.

  • Yes I know. :)
    Thanks for you enthusiastic reply

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Catherine Davis
    Catherine Davisabout 6 years ago

    Another fantastic one in this series. Amazing! Thanks also for the tutorial on the technique. I am printing it for later use!

  • Thank you so much Catherine and good luck with that tutorial! If you ever give it a spin, drop me a line. Cheers.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Catherine Davis
    Catherine Davisabout 6 years ago

    Will do! Thanks again!!!

  • billyboy
    billyboyabout 6 years ago

    Cool take Peter. I love the way you do your painting with light technique. Lovely warm, nostalgic effect.
    I used to find those gas masks at the flea market in Brussels across from the old fire station for a couple of francs… along with the old 25 centime pieces with the hole in the middle. That was back in the late 60`s. Jeeze times have channged!

  • I’m sorry to say I don’t know Brussels all that well, I’m not very taken with that city. :)
    But I know what you mean, luckily though I can borough all this stuff or my wife would go ballistic. héhé.
    And in the late 60’s, I wasn’t around yet. ;^p

    Thanks for your uplifting comment old boy.


    – Peter Zentjens

  • I can borough nothing,
    I can borrow something though,
    Djeez, my English sometimes! Sorry about that.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • debsphotos
    debsphotosabout 6 years ago
    Amazing results Peter!!! Beautiful work!! *-)
  • Thanks Deb.

    – Peter Zentjens

  • Yool
    Yoolabout 6 years ago

    You are so clever at this …well done !!!!

  • I’m blushing again. :)
    Cheers Yool!

    – Peter Zentjens

  • irish79
    irish79about 6 years ago

    fantastic image,

    where did you pick up the gas mask? i have searched the whole of ireland for one of these masks. and thanks for putting me on to painting with light, i hope to explore much more of this method..


  • Hey Mark,

    a friend of mine had it hanging in his toilet by way of a joke. I borrowed it from him. He also had another which was still in its canister, that’s what in the background. I decided that 2 gas masks made it the composition to complex, so I only used the canister.

    Enjoy your painted with light experiments!


    – Peter Zentjens

  • Alf Caruana
    Alf Caruanaabout 6 years ago

    the different way the light plays in this still life contributes to make this work a very beautiful and elegant one. Very well done

  • Many thanks my fellow painted with light-er

    – Peter Zentjens

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