Lumen is a series of illustrations Mike Karolos created back in 2018 based on the form and shapes that light can create in a dark place revealing what is hiding in the shadows.
As Mike describes: “The idea actually came to me one night while I was out for a run. As I was running I came across a dark alley where there was only one street light on creating a quite characteristic scene with a cat right in the middle of it all. But I could really see with a little bit of imagination was the shape that light was creating. Of course the picture went right into my head and I could immediately imagine it in my geometric pop art style. So the cat in the street was my first illustration of the series. But the more I thought about it the more I could imagine different sources of light that could create such forms and reveal different interesting stories.” - As you can see from the illustrations in the collection, some have a more atmospheric feeling to them and some are more playful than others.