Long Exposure Lighting // Festival of Light

by Jack Pritchard

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Description - Festival of Light


To celebrate the opening of West Quay's food court, West Quay hosted the 'festival of light' exhibition which boasted beautiful displays. A good friend that I shared accommodation with and I decided it'd be an excellent idea to capture some long exposure photographs, following on from the previous photo shoot we had done for our Long Exposure Traffic photo shoot. We headed over with our camera and tripods, leaving behind our travel mugs as we prepared to only be there for several minutes. Upon arriving, we were greeted by a large crowd with members of the public coming to view the apparently highly talked about art exhibition. The sight was grand, and with high-class restaurants in the background with the sound of groups of friends having fun added to the ambience. The exhibition included several art pieces, including blocks made of coloured lights that would move in patterns. The blocks themselves created an arch which created almost a tunnel of light. Another impressive piece for all to enjoy were the lights that projected onto Southampton Town Walls. Everyone viewing the exhibition could observe this creation, even those at restaurants as it covered a large portion of the wall. Finally, the grandest piece of art, and I dare admit the main reason I wanted to come and view the exhibition. The art included hundreds of wires hanging down from scaffolded metal. These wires held tens of lights that would flash in synchronisation and create patterns. Amongst the lights were couples, friends, families that had come to enjoy the breathtaking lightning and capture photographs that they would use on their social media accounts. Unfortunately, the light show couldn't stay forever and several days later was packed away, possibly to attend another city. I feel lucky to have seen it and had the chance to photograph an astonishing sight. Later on in the evening, Daniel and I decided to continue our photography session in our back garden with the use of his rave lights and the cameras still set in long exposure settings.


A photograph of a single man from a low angle, standing under a set of lights on strings with a blue glow A photograph of a group of people under a set of lights on string, with a pink glow