Vivid Sydney 2016

Saturday, 18 June 2016

After being disappointed with last year’s Vivid Sydney, I was definitely left with a better impression by the installations this year. They were more vibrant, colourful, and they just really lit up the city. (Because unlike Seoul or Hong Kong, Sydney is really dull for most part of the year.) Lighting up the Royal Botanic Garden (to celebrate the Garden's 200th birthday) was also a great idea because it made it look so magical. I even think it was the highlight for many people!

I don't know why, but for the 23 days it was held (from 27 May to 18 June), I never found the chance to go until the last 3 days of the festival. I originally wanted to go on Friday, but the weather forecast didn't look too good with showers expected, I ended up going on Thursday instead. Honestly, the weather on Thursday night was perfect. I had 3 layers on, but I didn't feel the cold at all until I got off the bus on my way home.

The following photos were taking with my Olympus PEN E-PL7. I was planning to bring my DSLR (Canon EOS 500D), but looking back at the photos I got last year, I decided to make a switch the last minute. I'm SO glad that I changed gear because I would've been so devastated if I didn't get some good shots! By the end of the night, I took about 400 odd photos, but had it narrowed down to about 58 (heh)—see my gallery here.

My first stop was Martin Place/George Street, which had some really simple yet notable installations. My favourite was "Fountain", which "live-streams global birth rate data as human water droplets". Other honourable mentions: "Geometrics", "Mountain of Light", "The Art of Performance" and "Totem Forest".

After that, I made my way up to Circular Quay where I took a right towards the Opera House instead of left towards the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) where I went last year.

I think the lights on the Opera House was slightly brighter than last years', but still not as bright as some photos make it. I had to lower my shutter speed to about half a second to a decent shot. Nonetheless, the animations on the sails were really good this year!

The walk through Royal Botanic Garden was really nice as well. No doubt most people crowded the "Cathedral of Lights", but the light projections on the trees and the little wisps were just as beautiful.

After making my way through the Garden, I started heading back home at around 9:30pm (I was walking around for about 3.5 hours). I would've stayed for a bit longer, but I had work the next morning so I left after seeing most of the major installations. Overall, I enjoyed Vivid Sydney a lot this year and was floored by the artworks and set up. I can't wait to attend next year because Sydney's beauty never ceases to amaze me. #ilovesydney #howcutewasthathashtag

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