Luminale 2018

by Heike March. 23, 2018 1850 views

There are lots of fairs in Frankfurt over the year. I've read, Frankfurt has the third largest exhibition grounds in the world. Every march the 'Light and building' fair takes place. The major visitor groups are architects, interior architects, designers, planners and engineers etc.
Every 2nd, year, the 'Light + Building' is accompanied by the 'Luminale Festival of Light' for a total of six days. The Luminale Festival turns Frankfurt into a sea of light, with out- and indoor installations by light artists, who are making more than 100 sites in the city sparkle and shine. I planed to visit the 3 largest outdoor light-installations, but I only managed 2 of them. Since I had no experience in night-photography at all, it was a great opportunity to improve my skills.
The first light-installation I visited, was at the European Central Bank (ECB). The north-facade was transformed into a huge animated street art gallery.

ECB light installation

ECB light installation

Illustrations by the illustrator Andreas Preis were converted into a 3D moving picture show.

I arrived around 7:30 p.m at the ECB, where already hunderts of spectators waited for the start of lightshow. Of course there were also plenty of photographers, I have never seen so many tripods at the same time! It wasn't so easy to find a proper place for my tripod, unfortunately a great area in front of the ECB is closed off for security reasons and protected by security guides. The lightshow itself was fantastic, I absolutely loved it and I stayed longer than I planed.

The second lightshow I visited, was at the Römer. The Römer is the city hall of Frankfurt for over 600 years. Sigrid aka Sistlau uploded a daylight photo of the Römer in her post 'Skyscraper' from 22Jan18. (Sigrid, ich widme dir diesen speziellen Frankfurt-Post, ist ja schließlich deine Geburtsstadt !! ;-) )

At the Römer, the light-artist Philipp Geist designed the large-scale and walkable outdoor-installation 'FRANKFURT FADES'.

Römer light installation

Römer light installation

By using video and large-screen projectors, he created a walk-in installation so that the visitors were integrated into the artwork itself. Simultaneously, abstract painted compositions and words were projected onto the Römer and the City Hall facade. This fascinating work was also visited by hundreds of spectators.

I actually wanted to visit also the Old Opera House, where another light-installation was presented, but after I left the Römer, I decided to make a walk to the Bridge 'Eiserner Steg', it's just a 3 minute walk from the Römer. 'Eiserner Steg' is a pedestrian bridge over the river Main, which connects the centre of Frankfurt with the famous apple-wine district, Sachsenhausen.

Eiserner Steg

Eiserner Steg

From this bridge you have a great view to the skyscrapers, which gave Frankfurt it's nickname 'Mainhattan'. I always planed to make some nightshots from here, so that night was the perfect opportunity.

Mainhattan

Mainhattan

Schaumainkai Frankfurt a.M.

Schaumainkai Frankfurt a.M.

After I finished my shooting, it was almost near midnight and I missed the last lightshow at the old opera at 10:45 p.m.

But the heck with it, the next Luminale is already in 2 years...! :-)

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Olga Helys 2 years, 2 months ago

wooooow
MARVELOUS 
Great colored lights, lines, architectures

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Ho Kim 2 years, 4 months ago

Beautiful pictures! They are, literally, paints with light. Awesome!

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Heike Replied to Ho Kim 2 years, 4 months ago

Thanks ! Yes, it's really a kind of painting. This people who create this, are great artists !

2 years, 4 months ago Edited
George C 2 years, 7 months ago

Wow ! Fantastic show !!

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to George C 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks you, George ! grinning

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Rozária Sousa 2 years, 8 months ago

F A B!!!!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Rozária Sousa 2 years, 7 months ago

Thanks ! grinning

2 years, 7 months ago Edited
Dexterxb Chuxuan Zhang 2 years, 8 months ago

👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Dexterxb Chuxuan Zhang 2 years, 8 months ago

smile Thanks !!! green heart

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Daanish Farhan 2 years, 8 months ago

Love your shots !

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Daanish Farhan 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you, Daanish !! grinning

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Joe Zink 2 years, 8 months ago

Beautifully done, Heiki !!!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 8 months ago

Thank you very much, Joe ! Glad you liked it !smiley

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Camellia Staab 2 years, 8 months ago

Heike these are absolutely gorgeous. You really captured their beauty. Kudos to you and thank you so very much fro sharing :) blue heartblue heartblue heart

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 8 months ago

blush Thank you so much, Camellia ! I'm glad you liked it !

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 8 months ago

Absolut irre - deine Fotos sind spektakulär!
Die Lightshow am Römer ist besonders beeindruckend, weil es ja hier viel schwieriger ist, die historische Fassade zu bespielen. Also die "tote-Hose-Stadt", die ich 1981 verlassen habe, hat sich seither immer wieder selbst übertroffen. Also das hätte ich echt gerne mit eigenen Augen gesehen - für meine Kamera ist sowas natürlich eine totale Überforderung (ausschließlich ein Kamera Problem ...) .

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Heike Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 8 months ago

Danke schön !!! Frankfurt hat sich echt gemausert, was Kultur Festivals und sonstige Veranstaltungen angeht. Ich vermute, die wollen allen 'Auswanderern' zeigen, was für eine tolle Stadt die verlassen haben. smiley
Ich hatte übrigens Glück, ich war Mittwoch abend in der Stadt, das war der einzige Abend dieser Woche, an dem der Himmel klar war.

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

Glück gehört dazu ...

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Berckmans Peter 2 years, 8 months ago

Looks really cool, nightpictures are great

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Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks Peter ! I suggest, from now on, I drive more often to Frankfurt City at night. smile I live in the coutryside of Frankfurt, there isn't so much light at night.

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 8 months ago

You excel in night pictures my friend. Love them all. Great work Heike

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Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 8 months ago

blush  Thanks so much, dear Antonio. I didn't know, that night photography is such fun. grinning Have to do it more often.  Thanks again !

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