Canary Wharf - Light Festival

The fifth and the final part of the Light festival is from Canary Wharf, from the Winter Lights festival. This festival is more established and perhaps more interesting as it has more interaction between visitors and art. Another wonderful set of light sculptures and art installations such as Fantastic Planet (by Amanda Paper) inspired by the cult science fiction film Fantastic Planet [1973]

Fantastic Planet, Amanda Paper

Fantastic Planet, Amanda Paper

Another rather unique and wonderful installation was BIT.FALL (by Julius Popp)  which looked pretty much like a waterfall made of words but in fact was a very clever printer-like design placed under the DLR bridge. The printer was printing words (one at the time) using water droplets, which were then falling down to be illuminated by light once they were printed.

BIT.FALL, Julius Popp

BIT.FALL, Julius Popp

On The Wings Of Freedom - an installation by Aether & Hemera, was made of illuminated "butterflies" which were changing colours as viewers were interacting with them via mobile phones in real-time.

On the wings of freedom, Aether & Hemera,

Infinity Pools by Stephen Newby - circular pools floating on the surface of Middle Dock. The mirror-light design of pools makes them look like an endless tunnels going down.

Infinity Pools, Stephen Newby

A rotating circular frame with LED lights which change colour creates a sphere when observed for a longer time - Light Sphere, by Tom Wilkinson

Light Sphere, Tom Wilkinson

An ultra interactive installation - The Pool, by Jen Lewin Studio. Large rings of touch-sensitive pads change colour as people jump, step, run alone or in groups inside of the pool.

The Pool, Jen Lewin Studio

The Pool,  Jen Lewin Studio

My Light Is Your Light by Alaa Minawi, though beautiful reflects the plight of Syrian refugees, which areshown as lonely figures cut out of light fleeing though the darkness.

My Light Is Your Light, Alaa Minawi

My Light Is Your Light, Alaa Minawi

My Light Is Your Light, Alaa Minawi

London Lumiere - Kings Cross

Part four of the London Lumiere Festival took place at King's Cross. The art instalations were: Joining the Dots - by Cleary Conolly, Light Graffitti - by Floating Pictures, IFO (Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Rival, Circus of Light by Ocubo, and Diver by Ron Haselden and others. All shots were taken handheld with Fuji X-T1 with 16-55 f2.8 and 50-140mm f2.8 lenses.
All images are in "Lightroom" regime - click or tap to fit your screen. Enjoy, Andro.

Circus of Light, Ocubo

Diver, Ron Haselden

Diver, Ron Haselden

reflection of the IFO (Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Rival

Joining the dots, Cleary Conolly

Light Graffitti, Floating Pictures

Light Graffitti, Floating Pictures

Light Graffitti, Floating Pictures

Light Graffitti, Floating Pictures

Light Graffitti, Floating Pictures

Light Graffitti, Floating Pictures

Light Graffitti, Floating Pictures

Light Graffitti, Floating Pictures

Light Graffitti, Floating Pictures

London Lumiere - St James’s Sq

Part three - was a bit further afield at St James Square, where hanging from above and sitting on roofs were ethereal sculptures made of light -  Les Voyageurs (The Travellers) by the wonderful French artist Cedric Le Borgne. This was my favourite light instalation. All shots were taken handheld with Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon FX 50-140mm f2.8 lens.

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

Les Voyageurs, Cedric Le Borgne

London Lumiere - Piccadilly & Regent St

Part two of the London Lumiere festival was in Oxford Circus, Regent, Carnaby and Piccadilly streets. The instalations were: Les Lumineoles by Porte par la vent, 1.8 London by Janet Echelman (Studio Echelman), Dresses by Tae gon KIM, Neon Dogs by Deepa Mann-Kler and others.

Les Lumineoles, Porte par la vent

Neon Dogs, Deepa Mann-Kler

1.8 London, Janet Echelman

Les Lumineoles, Porte par la vent

1.8 London, Janet Echelman

1.8 London, Janet Echelman

Dresses, Tae gon KIM

Les Lumineoles, Porte par la vent

Les Lumineoles, Porte par la vent

Les Lumineoles, Porte par la vent

Les Lumineoles, Porte par la vent

London Lumiere - Mayfair

London's cold and dark nights were lit up by the London Lumiere festival, that took place across four large areas of the City. I will therefore have a few separate posts on this wonderful and amazing light and art show. Here is part one in Mayfair with instalations: Sanctuary - by Sarah Blood, Brothers and Sisters - by Ron Haselden, Lightbench by Bernd Spiecker, and Aquarium by Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille. All shots were taken with Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm f2.8 lens handheld.

Sanctuary, Sarah Blood

Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille

Brothers and Sisters, Ron Haselden

Brothers and Sisters, Ron Haselden

Sanctuary, Sarah Blood

Brothers and Sisters, Ron Haselden

Brothers and Sisters, Ron Haselden

Lightbench, Bernd Spiecker

Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille

Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille

Aquarium, Benedetto Bufalino & Benoit Deseille

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland with Fuji X-T1

At Christmas a large part of Hyde Park was converted into an amusement park - Winter Wonderland.  So what will a kid with a camera do?  Yep, go and have some fun. Here are a few photos taken at the park at night with long-ish exposures to get some light/movement sense or presence. Those from above were taken from the observation wheel. All but one (the last one) were taken with Fuji X-T1 and 18-55mm f2.8-4.0 which has an impressive image stabilisation - all shots were taken handheld. The last image was made with X100T 23mm lens.

18mm f8.0 iso 200 1/4

18mm f8.0 iso 1600 1/60

25.4mm f9.0 iso 200 1/4

18mm f5.0 iso 200 1/15

20.5mm f8.0 iso 200 1/125

32mm f8.0 iso 200 1/8

18mm f9.0 iso 250 1/8

18mm f14.0 iso 200 1/4

23mm f5.6 iso 1600 1/60