Illuminate York 2016

It’s that time of year (2 months late) where I take out the camera gear and take advantage of some brilliant lighting installations that York put’s on as part of illuminate York.

If you read this blog you’ll know this comes around each year and I’m a kid in a sweet shop, using all sorts of camera tricks to really capture the experience of the installations.

I have to say I struggled a bit this year, the first part is my fault on the night I said I’d go take photos. I was delayed by about an hour so didn’t have loads of time to devote to the night. This meant I didn’t take my normal glut of photos, but hey I’m a dad of 2 and getting free time is a challenge.

The second issue is…it just didn’t seem as much as an event this year, admittedly I didn’t go to the paid Minster light show but in previous years avoiding the paid for part wasn’t so much of a pain, this year it was. Some installations were nothing short of lights against buildings…we’ve come along way from that and we deserve better.

The third issue was the toy/mech re-sellers. Me and Pete met outsider the Minster, at which point 9 (NINE!) hawkers were congregating selling flashy light wears. The problem with selling these at a light festival where people attempt to take stunning images is that that amount of rapid flashing green and pink light actually impacts the image. As it was this was only an issue in this location and and installation wasn’t good enough to be captured but my goodness it was just too much.

The fourth little thing was the tidiness of it all, take a look at the roman walls with the cross on. Try as I might, without significant editing I can’t hide those light sources, all it needs is a black cover but it didn’t get that and so I left it untouched to show you what I meant…anyway enjoy the trains and look forward to next year!

The railway museum provided a great platform yet again (no pun).

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Blackpool has miles of lights towards Christmas time, they become a sort of Mecca for the over 50’s and children dragged to see the wonder. York my home city has a different way of doing lights, we have Christmas lights, sure, but we also have York Illuminations over a few days a few artists are invited to transform the city at night and create light art.

This is great for 2 reasons, number 1 I get to enjoy my city in a very different light, second I get to practise some low light photography. The first place I visited was the National Railway Museum to see their offering as part of York Illumination 2010, it was on the whole very good, the southern C1 was lit very well and as the ugly duckling of the National Collection it did well to look pride of place.

My second choice as part of York Illumination2 2010 I went to Dean’s Park (the park next to the Minster). Here I saw the craziest light instillation, a globe with projections on all sides showing a mixture of different (odd) images. These odd images included archive footage of York, and Eye, a globe, crazy colour changes and various artistic shapes. So enjoy these York Illumination images, all taken using a Nikon D3000 as always and used a tripod on all shots to get the image stability during long shutter speeds.