Brisbane Festival Santos City of Lights 2011

If it’s not fireworks because it’s a public holiday, or someone’s birthday or somebody burped, Brisbane does things like arbitrary laser shows using the city skyline as a massive stage. Fantastic. I checked out this event over a couple of nights (7/9/11 & 16/9/11) as it was on every night for the couple of weeks leading up to Brisbane Festival (Riverfest?) 2011. Overall impression, I like what they were aiming to do which presumably is to put on something for everyone, something free, and something to showcase our little town for a global audience. It looked like a lot of work went in to the project and visually per se, it was quite spectacular.

Photographing the event was a bit tricky as well, because more than anything, I did not want to end up with a written off sensor in my 5DII from laser damage. All it takes is a direct hit from a high powered beam and from the litany of videos evidencing this on youtube, I did not need much more convincing that it was a plausible occurence.

So the first evening, I checked it out with friend and master of the night shot Dean Miscamble and landed a snap I was happy with from South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt in front of the Queensland Performing Art Centre. I’m not sure I remember if I’ve ever seen so many cameras lining the riverbank a couple of metres from the water. I set up well away from the waterline so that I’d get the crowd into the shot as well- nothing like a large crowd to give a scene a sense of atmosphere.

Next time I went out to catch the display, I serendipitously became acquainted with fantastic photographer Stephen Cameron underneath the river city expressway while scouting an alternate vantage point. We ended up shooting from the Kurilpa Bridge, and though it didn’t present as much of a view, it seemed to come out alright in the photos.

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