There's some art which thrives in the cold, dark, not-quite-snowy-enough days of December, and we're not talking about the lightbulb display down Oxford Street.

HuffPost Culture fave David Gilliver has been photographing stunning light art for an entire year as part of his '366 Project'. With less than a month from completion, we've had a little look at how he's getting on.

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  • A light art photograph by David Gilliver at Saint's Bay, Guernsey, England. (Credit: David Gilliver/Barcroft Media)

  • A light art design made by David Gilliver in his garage in Guernsey, England. (Credit: David Gilliver/Barcroft Media)

  • A light art photograph by David Gilliver at Vazon Beach, Guernsey, England. (Credit: David Gilliver/Barcroft Media)

  • A light photograph produced inside David Gilliver's garage in Guernsey, England. (Credit: David Gilliver/Barcroft Media)

  • A light art photograph by David Gilliver at Perelle Guernsey, England. (Credit: David Gilliver/Barcroft Media)

  • A green ball of light in a ruined building at Lihou Island, Guernsey, England. (Credit: David Gilliver/Barcroft Media)

  • A light photograph by David Gilliver taken at Vazon Beach, Guernsey, England. (Credit: David Gilliver/Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)

  • David has spent £10,000 and 250 nights over the last three years prowling the island of Guernsey at night to capture these incredible images without using digital manipulation. Instead 32-year-old David took advantage of a photographic technique called 'long exposure' which he combined with his own style of light painting to produce to his works of art. With clever titles such as 'Where Rainbows Sleep' for an image of a rainbow seeming to weave its way into an attic space, and 'Give me Shelter' for a purple orb resting in a bus shelter these pictures could make your head spin. Light painting, light drawing or light graffiti, is a photographic technique that relies on using long exposure times. This is coupled with a hand-held light source that is used to 'paint' within the photograph while it is being taken, usually outdoors and at night. (Photo credit: David Gilliver / Barcroft Media)


Commenting on the project, Gilliver said: "The basic premise of the project sounds easy as outlined above, but for some reason I found it incredibly difficult to keep my 366 Project alive at times."

"This was down to various reasons including days when my creative juices were simply just not flowing, or days when other commitments meant that I had very limited time to think about taking a photograph."

It's all, Gilliver says, part of the challenge, which has also seen him improve his camera skills. While these abstract light images are stunning, Gilliver's also captured moments which have illuminated his 2012 for different reasons, such as wedding speeches and family deaths and births. He says it has become "a year [he] will never be able to forget."

We've rounded up the other great light art we've enjoyed this year, check it out below.