Billed as a festival of “more than 50 dazzling artworks”, Lumiere London failed to thrill. Perhaps London is already amply provided with fascinating light on its many interesting cityscapes. Maybe simply the low luminosity of most of the exhibits, although it seemed that some street lights had been switched off to help. I spoke with several people who were also underwhelmed and asking around for what to see or where to go to be impressed. I couldn’t suggest much, even having followed the event map from Fitzrovia to the West End, the South Bank and then Westminster. I found myself in the company of a lot of people diligently photographing the sights which are simply part of London’s vibrant life after dark.
Leicester Square, reeking of the diesel generator powering the very static and rather staid display but which makes a striking photo.
Trafalgar Square. Tethered illuminated balloons programmed to brighten and dim seemingly randomly.
Store Street, Bloomsbury (not Fitzrovia as the handout suggests). A kinetic display on the building and a kinetic globe sculpture but disappointingly dim compared to the street lights.
And a couple of the well-known night vistas as comparison: the Emperor’s usual old clothes are pretty good but thank you London Lumiere for a good try.
Update: I’ve been told (thanks Ian, thanks Luciano) of some other worthwhile displays around, I’ve heard favourably of displays at Regents Canal near Kings Cross and also Westminster Abbey but the display in Lower Regents Street seems to have been spoilt by the new, super-bright advertising screens in Piccadilly Circus.
Brighton is home to some spectacular street art... from the train to the beach, mostly it is enjoyed or disdained and ignored though I'm not sure the owners of Thameslink motor unit 700108 are too pleased.
“Fire and Fury” comes to London. Note the hamburger debris amongst the controversial book by author Michael Wolff, subtitled “Inside the Trump White House”. I’m not sure why the Siamese cat is in the display as the Trump Presidency has famously eschewed having a Presidential pet but there were some unofficial t-shirts during the campaign with the slogan “My Siamese cat supports Donald Trump”.
Window display in Piccadilly by Waterstones, in the reflections-free display windows, now listed, that were the showcase for the DAKS brand of the Simpsons outfitters. The window glass is very concave to the outside, presenting the merchandise much more clearly due to the absence of reflections.
Livening up a routine train ride from London to Brighton via Gatwick with some experimentation with SlitScan camera techniques. This is similar in principle to an office flat bed scanner except that my camera is looking out of the window as the train moves.
Twelfth Night, the night before Epiphany, the day the Three Kings finished their journey following the star. The Christmas decorations are still in place and the crowds are much less than in the December frenzy. London’s West End is focussed on the January sales, rather less enthusiastically now we also have Cyber Friday. Many a Christmas trees has lost its tinsel and lights and is waiting ignominiously for the recycling lorry.