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Published: June 13th 2013
SYDNEY: Vivid one day...beautiful the next...the Vivid Festival.
I saw the Sydney Opera House get built...walked around it heaps of times...photographed tourists against it so they could all be in the photo...even seen the odd recital there.
Love the cream white tiles on it...like scales of a fish or exotic reptile.
Love the sails that always evoke feelings how this building was so radical for its day...radical in design any day.
But this week I've seen the Sydney Opera House in a new light...in hundreds of lights...hundreds of colours...in moving pictures splashed on its frame...spectacular.
Vivid Sydney...A Festival of Light, Music & Ideas...24 May to 10 June 2013...6 p.m. to midnight...miss out and be square.
As the blurb goes "Colouring the city with creativity & inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular light instalations & projections, performances from local & international musicians at Vivid Live at the Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Exchange featuring public talks and debates from leading global thinkers."
We would have seen one of the musical performaces last Sunday week ago...but better entertaining other Travelbloggers at our home...gotta get your priorities right!
So last weekend Denise &
I headed into the city for a taste of what was on offer...my tripod & camera packed...Denise's ipod as I hadn't charged the batteries for her camera...who says that's my job?
Always drive into the city...why catch public transport when you can drive...why catch public transport when Denise can drive us in more like it...if not...I'd drive.
Favourite parking station near the Basement where we see bands...near the Rocks so a good position...never seen it so crowded. Drove through 8 underground floors...not a spare spot...parked aside the lift by side of the carriageway...others doing likewise...should be OK.
Walking towards the harbour...massive crowds near outdoor eateries...men in yellow jackets directing traffic...and pedestrians...felt like running ahead when caught glimpses of the Opera House ahead...that rush of expectation when you see something is going to be better than you imagined.
The Opera House painted in a menage of light and images...masses of people around...masses of cameras...many on tripods...really glad I brought my tripod.
The harbour foreshore at the Overseas Passenger Terminal...really glad no ships are in...plenty of room to grab a spot right on the edge...park my tripod...hands shaking with excitement as I fiddled with the screw-in for
the tripod...this is going to be sensational.
I've never taken so many shots of the Opera House...clown faces, coloured leaves, swirls, moving stripes, faces forming then evaporating, images of electronica, of music, of dreams.
I was in Heaven...and then it started again.
I missed nothing as it turned out...saw the slidshow several times...from various spots on the foreshore...taking pics for me...for others...of others...peoples of many Nations...all excited to be there...for Vivid Sydney.
Around the corner the Harbour Bridge...better colours from the other side I hear...light shows on see-saws...lights jumping out as people play a piano...walls of buildings illuminated with galloping horses, cars screeching, swirls of images and colours.
Darling Harbour also a highlight I hear...the World's largest interactive LED screen, a 20 metre wall of light, light shows on water, on buildings, to music.
Other bays and buildings with highlights...even had images of Dr Who on Customs House one night.
And throughout Vivid Sydney there is the Reportage Festival...outdoor showcasing and workshops for documentary photography.
Can't wait for next year...I'll make sure we head into the city more often for next year...so much more to see.
Better charge Denise's
camera so she drives me in next year...better be extra nice to her...otherwise I'll have to do the driving.
No matter...sometimes I think I'm the better driver!
Relax & Enjoy,
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