Amsterdam has a unique way of keeping the spirit high in the winters.When the sun sets down very quick these days there is something to look forward to-The light festival-The festival of light and water illuminating the canals ( Nov 28 2015 to Jan 17 2016 ! )
The streets of Amsterdam are already decorated with lights for Christmas and adding to the city’s beauty is the Light Festival.This is how streets look like in Amsterdam now!
Artists come up with innovative ways of using lights to create an exciting art in the canals.This can be viewed using a boat tour or walking along the streets.
Here is the route: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zLb7VHfTIIu4.kpnMy6aUyTIo
There is “Amsterdam photography club ” which is formed by a group of photography enthusiasts.They organise meetups regularly and owing to the light festival they organised a photowalk. Around 100 people had signed up for the meetup but unfortunately that day it started raining heavily and about 80 people backed out. Twenty people finally turned up in the rain at the meeting point with umbrellas, DSLRs, Tripods and polybags to cover the camera. It was very messy clicking photos in the rain but as they say misery loves company, We were glad we were all in vein and wanted to really capture the light festival with people who shared similar interests.
This is where we met -See Below . Facing a canal with the first artwork “Run Beyond”
The next was the “Talking Heads “
The glare is because of the rains and the lens condensation 😛
The next was the Bucky Balls! A lone football like huge structure floating in water
This is called the “Band of Friendship”. Series of rings
This was the “Polygonum” .
This is the “Infinite tunnel of light” , very blurred due to the rain on the glasses
One of the buildings was lit up with a projector and had some interesting patterns on it
The “Friendala” – Intersecting rings
This is called the “Northern lights” over the Amstel river . Bands of lights that sways for the wind and makes it feel like a real Aurora Australis
This was called “Paths Crossing”. Artwork made from stretches of lights across the length of the canals.
I did miss out on a few artworks. 😦 Hoping to cover them up in january after vacations.
Rain is a part of the dutch culture they say.This is my first attempt to ignore rain and go outside to explore. It was quite messy but managed quite fine ! 😀