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Sydney May – June 2015 (15 photos). This is part 5 of 9 of my VIVID Sydney 2015 series.

VIVID is now over for another year. Winter life in Sydney returns to its routine now. In the previous post we looked at and visited the Sydney Opera House. Now we walk towards Customs House, in the general vicinity of the Marriott Hotel which you can see in the background of the photo above.

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Splendens by Vossarch captures the moment when two Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens) are poised to battle to the death. The large light artwork depicts these tiny but intelligent fish when tension between two combatants is at its greatest.
A nice light sculpture, but I just wish they hadn’t put this one in front of the Sydney Opera House. It acted like a large red spotlight in my photos of the Opera House.

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Exposed by Mark Gregan, Leo Trimboli, Catalina Chica and Patrick O’Dowd reveals the interior worlds of three giant humanoid figures, each of which is transparent and captured in the moment of taking a step forwards. Dynamic lighting effects reveal their inner workings. The first figure has the internal veins and organs of a human being, the second has the mechanised movements of a city, and the third shows connecting elements in nature.

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We now arrive at Customs House, an historic Sydney landmark constructed initially in 1844-1845. The building served as the headquarters of the Customs Service until 1990. Ownership was then transferred from the Commonwealth Government of Australia to the City of Sydney Council in 1994, when it became a venue for exhibitions and private functions. After being refurbished in 2003, it has also become the new home of the City of Sydney Library.

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This year, the display on Customs House was entitled, Enchanted Sydney and designed by the Spinifex Group. Enchanted Sydney projects free-flowing images of Sydney’s flora and fauna onto the iconic facade of Customs House to create a continually evolving and blossoming world. The projections were fitted specifically to the architectural form of the building.

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The artists’ intent is to remind audiences of the organic nature of the city and the enchantment of natural design.

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Each night that I attended VIVID, groups of light-clad roller bladers, skaters, and skateboarders would aggregate at the various light installations which had open spaces and just skate around, before moving to the next location. They seemed to be having fun and added to the festival atmosphere.

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You can see them in the foreground.

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What would an enchanted Sydney be…

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…without an enchanted forest…

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…with some enchanting wood elves.

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Awww, those elves always know how to make me smile!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Enchanted Sydney show. Next stop, the Museum of Contemporary Art.

This week I am the Guest Author on The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge, with the theme – Vivid. I hope you enjoyed the contributions to the Challenge, of which there are currently more than 830 1100 responses. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

This is part 5 of my 9 part VIVID Sydney 2015 series.

All my photography from this and previous years of VIVID Sydney going back to 2012 can be found here.

Photography Etcetera, Sony Etcetera

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141 thoughts on “VIVID Randomness 2015 (5)

    • The whole show ran for about 15 minutes, with about 10 scenarios in the show. No static images though, but a constantly changing scene. I shot at 1/100th second without too much blur.

  1. LaVagabonde says:

    Love that enchanted forest. Congrats on being the guest author for the Daily Post! I’d definitely say you are the Vivid expert here on WP.

  2. I’m enchanted πŸ™‚
    the skaters look very interesting with the lights on them… I guess the spirit of the event enchants everyone so everyone takes part… what a wonderful and exciting atmosphere in your shots!!

    • Dragons have a penchant for being enchanted and enchanting. πŸ™‚ Some people wanted to join the skaters until they realised there weren’t any skates for hire. Initially I thought it was one of those flashmob events, butI enjoyed seeing them.

  3. 2015 vivid is better than ever before! Enchanted Sydney, Wow!!! Thoroughly enjoy the series. Great shots!
    Thank you for hosting the WPC Vivid!

  4. Wow! Draco those photos are super beautiful! The intents to the Artists was great and visully amazing on creating the stunning effect they wanted! You did an amazing job on capturing that intent greatly with all your stunning and inspiring photos! Thank you for stopping by and like my “Ocean Whispers” photo it means a lot to me that you like it!!! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you. It took about 4 years for the event to become big time, and now it is a major tourism event. Shops in the area stay open longer and everyone is out wandering around. I suspect it pays for itself now.

    • Thanks. On the weekends they roadblock several roads, including our main street here. Thousands are out just walking around. Street entertainers are everywhere. It’s a lot of fun.
      Alost 860 entries now. πŸ™‚

  5. I wasn’t even aware of this event (shows how much time I have to watch the news), what a sight it must be. In Melbourne we have something similar called “White Night”, but it only runs for one night and there is no Opera House (it looks amazing on your photos)! Your photos inspired me to make a trip up with my kids when this event is on next. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos!

    • Thank you very much. Yes I’ve heard of White Night, but only 1 night isn’t taking it to its potential, particularly for the smaller children. This is the 7th year of Vivid and it’s always on for 18 nights each year at the same time. Your children will love it. Lots to see and many of the installations encourage interaction.

  6. JessicaPanz says:

    Wow! I love the theme Enchanted Sydney this year and Your pictures are excellent…I felt back there for a moment! Oh I miss the beautiful Sydney so much…I just hope one day I will walk those streets again! πŸ˜€

  7. Love your photo of the exposed humanoid with the city lights in the background. I tried getting a good shot myself, but didn’t do too well. And Enchanted Sydney, what can I say? Loved it. Definitely a favourite. And I love how you captured those wood elves, and the finale πŸ˜€

    • The humanoids were difficult to photograph with the bright background lights. Well, it sounds like you were enchanted by Enchanted Sydney, not that I would blame you. The ending was really fun. πŸ™‚

  8. wow!! This is positively fantastical!! ( if there is such a word in a world!). Enchanted indeed and just what I like! Beautiful images Draco! ( my first visit to your blog)

  9. joeythebuddhist says:

    Wow what awesome pictures! I never see this kind of stuff in my neck of the woods so thanks so much for posting! πŸ™‚

  10. LD, Do u remember me? I’m picturesmonthly, the OK I HONESTLY LOVE THAT PICTURE person. I am very intrested in your photos! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  11. I was lucky enough to visit Australia my first and only time in 2011, and coincidentally my time in Sydney coincided with Vivid. We had no idea of the timing, pure luck. It was so amazing. I was in bigger awe of the city I was dying to visit. Thanks for sharing! I want to go back so bad!

  12. These are just amazing and beautiful night shots ~ colorful and the lighting so sharp, and so difficult to get at night, very well done. Congratulations too on the FP ~ so well deserved. Cheers ~

  13. Wow, these are stunning, no wonder you got Freshly Pressed!! It amazes me what can be done with a bit of art and some light! We’ve only experienced it once where I live, I’m hoping they will light up that white castle again and I’ll get to capture it next time.

    Thanks for showing us the Enchanted Sydney! πŸ™‚

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