Another really photo heavy post from me today. What a surprise, eh? Imii? Not bothering with posts that require a whole load of writing in favour of, frankly, sick pictures? What an unusual occurrence. Seriously though, I do do a lot of these so let me know if you love/hate them in the comments and I’ll pretend to take it on board, haha!
This year marked my third Lumiere, and my fifth year as a student in Durham, so it was kind of a big deal for me. I spent the run up telling everyone I could how amazing it was and how old I am, simultaneously. It was a very special time.
Unfortunately, this year’s Lumiere didn’t live up to the two prior. Maybe I put too much pressure on it, and built it up way too much in my mind, but it just wasn’t quite right this year. The general conclusion that Ollie and I came to is that they spread it too thinly over Durham city, rather than focusing it all on the middle like the years before. There just wasn’t the same density of amazing light that there has been previously.
That said, it was still a really lovely evening out, and for a free event you can’t really complain. The installations were just stunning. Some even rivalled my favourites from Lumiere in 2015. Sure there were no weird glowing fish hanging round Market Square, or elephants on Elvet Bridge, but a huge highlight this year was the ‘For The Birds’ installation trail in the Durham Botanic Gardens. It was breathtaking, truly.
A really nice part of this year’s Lumiere was that I got to experiment a little more with my camera. Last time I just had my phone and that really held me back, but this year I set to work fiddling with ISO and shutter speed and making sure that I really captured the glow of Durham.
A highlight were the troop of umbrella dancers, moving around Durham and occasionally stopping to do a little umbrella dance. They made for great photographs when I lowered my shutter speed right down and, though not the best photos I’ve ever taken, I’m incredibly fond of them. They were fun to take, and proved a worthy distraction from the biting cold.
Similarly, my shots of the lights around the Cathedral are some of my favourite ever. Taken with a super low ISO, they radiate the blue, purple and red lights and are just stunning. I’m so so happy with them and even without editing they’re gorgeous. I want to show them off to everyone. EVERYONE.
Lumiere will be in London again next winter, so keep your eyes peeled for that!