Julien Breton, aka Kaalam, started doing calligraphy in 2001. He began by developing an original Latin alphabet inspired by the Arabic aesthetic. In 2007 he discovered light-painting and started working with photographer David Gallard. Together they travelled across the world to capture unique backgrounds for each light-calligraphy work. In 2011, they created the company Turn Oﬀ the Light, where they mix dance, music and light-calligraphy live on stage.